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sneakverb [always + adv/prep]

us   /snik/ past tense and past participle sneaked or snuck /snʌk/
to go or do something secretly, or take someone or something somewhere secretly: [I always + adv/prep] He sneaked out of the house, going out through the back way. [T] I sneaked a look at my watch. [T] Make sure you sneak a little bit of protein into your snacks. [I always + adv/prep] He snuck out of the budget meeting and went back to the lab.
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sneakverb

uk   /sniːk/ us   /sniːk/ sneaked or US also snuck, sneaked or US also snuck
  • sneak verb (MOVE SECRETLY)

C2 [I or T, usually + adv/prep] to go somewhere secretly, or to take someone or something somewhere secretly: I managed to sneak in through the back door while she wasn't looking. Jan doesn't have a ticket but I thought we might sneak her in. I thought I'd sneak up on him (= move close to him without him seeing) and give him a surprise.
  • sneak verb (TELL SECRETLY)

[I] UK slang disapproving to secretly tell someone in authority, especially a teacher, that someone else has done something bad, often in order to cause trouble: She was always sneaking on other kids in the class.
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sneaknoun [C]

uk   /sniːk/ us   /sniːk/ UK slang disapproving
a person who tells people in authority when someone else does something bad: You told Mrs Cooper that it was me who tipped the paint over, didn't you - you nasty little sneak!
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