Is there any specific verb (or anything that sounds more natural than "slip") that could be used in the following sentence:

"Its tail slipped underneath its skirt."

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    Peeped out [from underneath its skirt]?
    – Dan Bron
    Commented Jun 13, 2016 at 12:10
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    One wonders what sort of animal this is that wears skirts.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Jun 13, 2016 at 12:10
  • But are you looking for "mooned" or "plumber's butt"?
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Jun 13, 2016 at 12:11
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    @DanBron or "peeked" Commented Jun 13, 2016 at 12:23
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    @HotLicks I think you're thinking about this the wrong way. It's not something so coarse as a blue collar buttcrack. Imagine seeing an elegant lady walking down the street, her airy skirts swishing with her delicate steps. At some moment, the orange tip of her long, tiger-like tail -- which isn't supposed to be there -- pokes out, momentarily, just momentarily, from under her skirt. She's secretly a chimera. Or, more classically, what verb would you to describe the momentary, thrilling, and somewhat scandalous a accidental exposure of a Victorian lady's ankle in public?
    – Dan Bron
    Commented Jun 13, 2016 at 12:31

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First: Its tail slipped from beneath its skirt. I've always heard "slip beneath" as a synonym for "hide," as in an animal slipping beneath a rock.

Now, some other options:

  • peep out
  • poke out
  • sneak out
  • slide out

You could also reword the sentence to the effect of something like "Its skirt shifted to reveal a tail." And of course, there's the option to replace 'shifted' with something that fits the scene: "Its skirt wafted in the breeze, revealing its tail."

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