sneak up on
phrasal to approach or act on stealthily

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • sneak up on — [phrasal verb] sneak up on (someone) 1 : to approach (someone) quietly and secretly in order to avoid being noticed My father likes to sneak up on my mother and tickle her. Don t sneak up on me like that! 2 : to approach, happen, or develop… …   Useful english dictionary

  • sneak up on — 1) PHRASAL VERB If someone sneaks up on you, they try and approach you without being seen or heard, perhaps to surprise you or do you harm. [V P P n] I managed to sneak up on him when you knocked on the door. Syn: creep up 2) PHRASAL VERB If… …   English dictionary

  • sneak up on — verb To approach a person or animal without being seen or heard If you sneak up on me like that, youll give me a heart attack! …   Wiktionary

  • sneak up on — See: CREEP UP ON …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • sneak up on — See: CREEP UP ON …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • sneak\ up\ on — See: creep up on …   Словарь американских идиом

  • sneak up (on somebody) — ˌsneak ˈup (on sb/sth) derived to move towards sb very quietly so that they do not see or hear you until you reach them • He sneaked up on his sister and shouted ‘Boo!’. Main entry: ↑sneakderived …   Useful english dictionary

  • sneak up (on something) — ˌsneak ˈup (on sb/sth) derived to move towards sb very quietly so that they do not see or hear you until you reach them • He sneaked up on his sister and shouted ‘Boo!’. Main entry: ↑sneakderived …   Useful english dictionary

  • sneak up — phrasal verb [intransitive] Word forms sneak up : present tense I/you/we/they sneak up he/she/it sneaks up present participle sneaking up past tense sneaked up or snuck up past participle sneaked up or snuck up a) to get very near someone before… …   English dictionary

  • sneak up — v. (D; intr.) to sneak up on, to (he sneaked up to them) * * * to (he sneak uped up to them) (D; intr.) to sneak up on …   Combinatory dictionary

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