skulk

Skulking is cowardly. It means hiding out, either because you're trying to pull something off in secret, or because you're trying to get out of doing something you're supposed to be doing.

If you cut school, it makes sense to do it in the style of Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and enjoy yourself. Will the punishment be worse than if you skulk around town, avoiding teachers and people your parents know, not doing anything you really want to do? In spy movies, there are always bad guys in hotel lobbies, skulking about, hiding behind open newspapers.

Definitions of skulk
  1. verb
    lie in wait, lie in ambush, behave in a sneaky and secretive manner
    synonyms: lurk
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    type of:
    conceal, hide
    prevent from being seen or discovered
  2. verb
    move stealthily
    “The lonely man skulks down the main street all day”
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    type of:
    walk
    use one's feet to advance; advance by steps
  3. verb
    avoid responsibilities and duties, e.g., by pretending to be ill
    synonyms: malinger
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    type of:
    fiddle, goldbrick, shirk, shrink from
    avoid (one's assigned duties)
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