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1attributive (of a feeling) persistent in one's mind but reluctantly held or not fully recognized.‘I've a sneaking suspicion they'll do well’
secret, private, hidden, concealed, innermost, inward, unexpressed, unvoiced, undisclosed, undeclared, undivulged, unconfessed, unavowedniggling, nagging, lurking, insidious, lingering, gnawing, unrelenting, slight but persistent, worrying, concerningView synonyms
- ‘They're detestable creatures, certainly, but it's hard not to have a sneaking admiration for them.’
- ‘But we have to admit to a sneaking admiration for her.’
- ‘A sneaking apprehension remains at the top of my mind.’
- ‘However, you really must have a sneaking admiration for a man who can totally divert us like that, who can get us to take our eyes off the ball so easily.’
- ‘From Thursday on I had this sneaking feeling that this was going to be my week, but it was not to be.’
- ‘Yet I have a sneaking feeling that neither of them will return from Athens as ‘the world's fastest man’.’
- ‘This reviewer retains a sneaking feeling that he may be too generous.’
- ‘Personally, I must confess to a sneaking admiration for his acumen, if not for his artistic integrity, but I would not attempt to justify his methods.’
- ‘Personally, I have a sneaking admiration for anyone daring enough to hi-jack such unwieldy vehicles.’
- ‘I have a sneaking feeling that I might have an allergy to beer.’
- ‘I'd always had a sneaking admiration for really good pop.’
- ‘I have a sneaking feeling though, that the only people who managed to get tickets at the correct prices were the agencies who now seem to be awash with them.’
- ‘He knew that the ruling class are in some ways as much outsiders as vagrants and dossers, which is why the landowner has a sneaking sympathy for the poacher.’
- ‘On this occasion, I have to confess a sneaking sympathy with building societies.’
- ‘I have a sneaking feeling that I've written about this before, but bear with me as my abandonment of the railway has opened up whole new vistas to me.’
- ‘Out of all of this, I suppose, is a sneaking admiration for the way in which two concepts have been linked in the public's mind without any formal legal covenants.’
- ‘Do you ever get that itching in your mind, that sneaking suspicion that you know the answer to the question, you just don't have it on instant recall?’
- ‘I had a sneaking feeling that somehow the sun managed to burn me through my shirt, but I was afraid to look.’
- ‘I have a sneaking feeling that I am rather fond of period instruments, especially in the woodwind.’
- ‘I have this sneaking feeling that I might not agree with many of the opinions of this man on - say - pretty much anything ever.’
2informal attributive Furtive and contemptible.‘an unpleasant, sneaking habit’sly, crafty, cunning, wily, clever, artful, scheming, devious, guileful, tricky, conniving, designing, deceitful, duplicitous, dishonest, disingenuous, underhand, untrustworthy, unscrupulous, double-dealingView synonyms
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