Far away I saw a gaunt cat slink
crouchingly along a wall, but traces of men there were none.
Don't imagine, though, it was cowardice made me slink
away from the officer; I never have been a coward at heart, though I have always been a coward in action.
Day after day through a cold streak of heavens as bare and poor as the inside of a rifled safe a rayless and despoiled sun would slink
shamefacedly, without pomp or show, to hide in haste under the waters.
The arrangements for the transport of supplies were going to pieces; our friends ashore were getting scared; and it was no joke to find after a day of skilful dodging that there was no one at the landing place and have to go out again with our compromising cargo, to slink
and lurk about the coast for another week or so, unable to trust anybody and looking at every vessel we met with suspicion.
Rifles ranked so close even to that mountain path that a cry from him would bring the soldiers rushing up the hill, to say nothing of the fact that the wood and ridge were patrolled at regular intervals; rifles so far away, in the dim woods, dwarfed by distance, beyond the river, that an enemy could not slink
into the town by any detour.
The lion might stalk them until hungry again; but the chances were that if not angered he would soon tire of the sport, and slink
away to his jungle lair.
When anything particularly difficult or nasty had to be done- to push a cart out of the mud with one's shoulders, pull a horse out of a swamp by its tail, skin it, slink
in among the French, or walk more than thirty miles in a day- everybody pointed laughingly at Tikhon.