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lurkverb

uk   /lɜːk/  us   /lɝːk/
[I usually + adv/prep] to ​wait or ​move in a ​secret way so that you cannot be ​seen, ​especially because you are about to ​attack someone or do something ​wrong: Someone was lurking in the ​shadows. Why are you lurking around in the ​hallway? [I usually + adv/prep] (of an ​unpleasantfeeling or ​quality) to ​existalthough it is not always ​noticeable: Danger lurks around every ​corner. It ​seems that ​oldprejudices are still lurking beneath the ​surface. [I] informal internet & telecoms to ​spendtime in a ​chatroom or on a socialmediawebsite and ​read what other ​people have posted (= written or ​added) without ​posting anything yourself
lurking
adjective uk   /ˈlɜː.kɪŋ/  us   /ˈlɝː-/
I have some lurking doubts (= ​doubts which will not go ​completely away) about whether Simon is really ​capable of doing this ​job. She said she had a lurking suspicion (= she had a very ​slightfeeling) that he wasn't ​telling the ​truth.
(Definition of lurk from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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lurkverb [I]

 us   /lɜrk/
to ​stay around a ​placesecretly, or to ​stayhidden, ​waiting to ​attack or ​appear: When I was four, I was ​convinced there was a ​monster lurking in my ​closet.
(Definition of lurk from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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