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sneak

  

      vb  
1    intr; often foll by: along, off, in, etc.   to move furtively  
2    intr   to behave in a cowardly or underhand manner  
3    tr   to bring, take, or put stealthily  
4    intr  
Informal     (chiefly Brit)   to tell tales (esp. in schools)  
5    tr  
Informal   to steal  
6    intr; foll by: off, out, away, etc.  
Informal   to leave unobtrusively  
      n  
7    a person who acts in an underhand or cowardly manner, esp. as an informer  
8   
a    a stealthy act or movement  
b    (as modifier)  
a sneak attack     
9      (Brit)  
informal   an unobtrusive departure  
     (Old English snican to creep; from Old Norse snikja to hanker after)  
  sneaky      adj  
  sneakily      adv  
  sneakiness      n  


sneak preview  
      n   a screening of a film at an unexpected time to test audience reaction before its release  
sneak thief  
      n   a person who steals paltry articles from premises, which he enters through open doors, windows, etc.  
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sneak

  

      vb  
1    cower, lurk, pad, sidle, skulk, slink, slip, smuggle, spirit, steal  
2      (informal)   grass on     (Brit. slang)   inform on, peach     (slang)   shop     (slang, chiefly Brit.)   sing     (slang, chiefly U.S.)   spill one's guts     (slang)   tell on     (informal)   tell tales  
      n  
3    informer, snake in the grass, telltale  
      adj  
4    clandestine, furtive, quick, secret, stealthy, surprise  

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