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prowl

verb [I or T] uk   /praʊl/ us  
to move around quietly in a place trying not to be seen or heard, such as when hunting: There have been reports of a masked man prowling in the neighbourhood. At night, adult scorpions prowl the desert for (= trying to catch) insects.informal Unable to sleep, he prowled (= walked without purpose) (about/around) the hotel corridors.Moving to avoid being seen

prowl

noun uk   /praʊl/ us  
be on the prowl to be moving around quietly in a place trying not to be seen or heard: There was a fox on the prowl earlier.Slow and moving slowlyHiding and disguising
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