creep up on

phrasal verb

crept up on; creeping up on; creeps up on
: to slowly and quietly move closer to (someone) without being noticed
We tried to creep up on them but they heard our footsteps.
often used figuratively
Old age creeps up on us.The deadline had crept up on them.

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“Creep up on.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

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