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slink away

Also, slink off. Depart furtively, as in The shoplifter slipped an item into his coat pocket and slunk away, or After that severe scolding, she slunk off. This term employs slink in the sense of “move stealthily,” a usage dating from the late 1300s.
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  • But he had one sentence more to hear before he was suffered to slink away.

    Simon Dale Anthony Hope
  • I believe my faith the higher, the better for mankind—Am I to slink away?

  • The clerks, who had pulled up suddenly at sight of this stalwart functionary, now began to slink away this way and that.

    A Clerk of Oxford Evelyn Everett-Green
  • In an instant, before the villain could slink away, I had him by the neck.

    Sir Ludar Talbot Baines Reed
  • Mobs have been known to slink away ignominiously when confronted by one or two loyal citizens.

  • A dog was observed to slink away into the bush as they approached.

    Black Ivory R.M. Ballantyne
  • Thank him you can slink away on your own legs this time, and need no one to drag you feet foremost off the Fields.

    Sir Ludar Talbot Baines Reed
  • And as for the campaigners, all the campaigning I seem to have done was to slink away and hide.

    Forging the Blades Bertram Mitford
  • I stutter an apology, and "climb down;" the windows are again hermetically sealed; and, as I slink away.

  • After a minute I had to slink away, back into the garden, like an intruder.

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