prowl ( prowls 3rd person present) ( prowling present participle) ( prowled past tense & past participle )
1 verb If an animal or a person prowlsaround, they move around quietly, for example when they are hunting.
Policemen prowled around the building. V prep/adv
2 If an animal is on the prowl, it is hunting. If a person is on the prowl, they are hunting for something such as a sexual partner or a business deal.
on the prowl phrase v-link PHR, oft PHR for n
Their fellow travellers are a mix of honeymooners, single girls on the prowl and elderly couples..., The new administration are on the prowl for ways to reduce spending.
Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary
cruise, hunt, lurk, move stealthily, nose around, patrol, range, roam, rove, scavenge, skulk, slink, sneak, stalk, steal
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