To sneak up is to approach a person or an animal without them seeing or hearing you.
Often used with ‘on’ – sneak up on
Examples of use:
1. The cat sneaked up on the bird.
2. Don’t sneak up on me like that – you scared me!
3. They sneaked up behind him and nearly gave him a heart attack.
4. Only a Ninja can sneak up on another Ninja
If something sneaks up on you, it happens without you noticing it.
Extra weight can sneak up on you, and then one day you realize your clothes are too tight.
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sneaked up. North American informal English – snuck up
||sneaked up. North American informal English – snuck up|
Practise your writing skills and write an answer to this question (you can write your answer in the comments below, or send it to me):
♦ Has someone sneaked up on you? What happened?
Can you use ‘sneak up’ in your own sentence?
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