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

  • In an instant, before the villain could slink away, I had him by the neck.

    Sir Ludar Talbot Baines Reed
  • But he had one sentence more to hear before he was suffered to slink away.

    Simon Dale

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

    Black Ivory R.M. Ballantyne
  • So saying, he scowled on the merry party, and turned as if to slink away.

    Ernest Maltravers, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • We prate of that irony when we slink away from the lesson—the rod we conjure.

  • To slink away, and allow your friend to pay for the entertainment.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
  • And as for the campaigners, all the campaigning I seem to have done was to slink away and hide.

    Forging the Blades Bertram Mitford
  • In looking at the building, one got a notion that it would like to slink away if it could.

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

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