sidle up

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v sidle up ingratiate oneself to; often with insincere behavior "She is playing up to the chairman"
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Usage

In literature:

He sidled his horse up to her and blushed.
"Blazed Trail Stories" by Stewart Edward White
After a time he sidled up to Dinsmore and spoke low.
"Oh, You Tex!" by William Macleod Raine
She sidled up to her.
"Debts of Honor" by Maurus Jókai
Two or three of them, including Edmund, sidle up to him on their ponies and try to edge him toward the gangway.
"Round the Wonderful World" by G. E. Mitton
And even Tim sidled up, and volunteered a vague hint concerning contemplated reformation.
"Treasure Valley" by Marian Keith
However, he could not yet look out of windows, but sidled up to them with averted face to draw any blinds that were up.
"Disowned" by Victor Endersby
Slowly and shyly she sidled up to the big blacksmith.
"The Spoilers of the Valley" by Robert Watson
But Gomez sidled up to him.
"The Coyote" by James Roberts
He was compelled to bide his time whilst several people registered, and then sidled up to the desk.
"Mixed Faces" by Roy Norton
Charlie was sidling up unseen by the orator.
"Whittier-land" by Samuel T. Pickard
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In poetry:

Starting and shying at straws, with sidlings and plungings,
Buckings and whirlings and bolts;
Greener than grass, but full-ripe for their bridling and lungings,
Up to the yards and to Chiron they bustled the colts…
"The Centaurs" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

50 pm on a Wednesday, I've sidled up to the four-sided bar at Watershed on Peachtree to wait for a plate of fried chicken.
I sidled up to the bar and asked the woman behind it if she had any tropical cocktails.
As we were leaving the temple of Angkor Wat a boy who looked to be about 10 years old sidled up alongside us.
If you're sidling up to a bar in Waldo this Friday night, you could stumble away with a little bit of knowledge about your drinking limits, too.
Just as I was shaping up to sidle alongside, a go-fast surges between my old convertible and the dock and hits hard reverse.
The cats sidle up and watch.
At the start of Saturday's game, hours after Stephen Strasburg was told his season would come to an early end, Mark DeRosa sidled up to him on the Nationals bench.
If your best friend sidles up to you and tells you that he or she is "as pleased as punch," then you know that person is very pleased indeed.
Our neighbor Tony sidled up and grinned big.
That's the question I sought to answer when I sidled sheepishly up to the counter at Burger King.
Joseph Rosa sidles up to the security guard standing next to Patricia Urquiola's felt-flowered Antibodi chaise longue.
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