on the sly

  1. in a furtive manner
    the soldiers were furtively crawling through the night
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How To Use on the sly In A Sentence

  • (She still managed to sneak a slurp or two on the sly. A Daughter In The Loop
  • I got the idea that she didn't want me to keep no flippit nohow, so's I feeded 'im on the sly. The Celebrated Jumping Flippit of Tau-Ceti IV
  • It is very rare for already mated females to copulate on the sly with males who are socially subordinate to their current mates.
  • He smiled and took a sideways look at her on the sly.
  • Like the cheats who work on the sly while raking in handout cash. The Sun
  • You just disappeared and Eileen told me that you had eloped with a man you'd been seeing on the sly.
  • I also remember that schoolboys would start to spit at the same age as they took to smoking on the sly, just to show what grown-ups and tough guys they were.
  • Boorman was still rehearsing them in semisecrecy, but they were coming on the sly to see Dickey for background on the characters, even voice coaching. Summer of Deliverance
  • When kids who are drinking on the sly do venture out, they often preload first, fueling up on as much alcohol as they can hold before the evening begins so that the buzz lasts as long as possible.
  • Ye've been shamming Abraham in yer watch, an 'sneaked down thaar to hev a pipe on the sly, when ye should hev bin mindin' yer dooty, thet's what's the matter, sirree; but, I'll make ye pay for it, ye skulkin 'rascallion. The Island Treasure
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