After all that, most would have slunk away for a few months to recuperate on some island somewhere.
By sharp contrast, the main contenders in the Labour leadership race have slunk away from the Blair memoir and its prescriptions.
Williams could have slunk off into the shadows in shame, which no doubt many people at the time expected her to do.
Old English slincan "to creep, crawl" (of reptiles), from Proto-Germanic *slinkan (cf. Swedish slinka "to glide," Dutch slinken "to shrink, shrivel;" related to sling (v.)). Of persons, attested from late 14c. Related: Slinked; slinking.