sneak up

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 they notice you
sneak up on:

Don't sneak up on me like that!

b) if something sneaks up on you, it happens when you are not expecting it

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