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On the prowl

DEFINITION

In public looking for action. Typically the phrase refers to a man looking for sexual activity or at a minimum some romantic meeting. ‘Prowl’ illustrates a cat looking for food, so this idiom signals someone looking for something to quench their hunger. (Compare to Romeo.)

“He went downtown on the prowl for willing women.”

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