To edge away

(Naut.) to increase the distance gradually from the shore, vessel, or other object.

See also: Edge

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
The Ghost has attained the southernmost point of the arc she is describing across the Pacific, and is already beginning to edge away to the west and north toward some lone island, it is rumoured, where she will fill her water-casks before proceeding to the season's hunt along the coast of Japan.
But what do you make, then, of a customs officer?" [Poiret shuffles his feet and tries to edge away; Bixiou twists off one button and catches him by another.] "He is, from the bureaucratic point of view, a neutral being.
Both sides were looking to edge away from the foot of the table with Widnes occupying 14th spot and Chadderton just one place below, and it was the Oldham-based side who took all three points, and leapfrogged the Halton side in the process.
But around the half-way mark it was Azzam who started to edge away from the pack and stayed in front to take victory by almost four seconds.
Clancy was part of a four-rider group to edge away in the closing quarter of the race alongside Tobyn Horton, Mike Northey and Jon Mould, although the quartet were caught with two laps to go, setting up a 16-rider dash for the line on Pier Street.
The Hoops hope to edge away from the relegation zone when they face Everton at Goodison tonight.
NEWCASTLE United's Women were denied the chance to edge away from the foot of the FA Women's Premier League table as the rain forced their relegation six-pointer at home to Leeds to be postponed.
Bond markets were quiet, with Spanish and Italian debt making a little ground, while for currency investors the euro and yen eased against the dollar , which continued to edge away from last week's seven-week low.
As Palmer began to edge away at the front, Burns found himself in a scrap with championship leader Adam Jenkinson and Hudson Kennaugh for the podium spots.
Evans threw some punches at Mr Bennett, which didn't connect, as he shouted and screamed and as they tried to edge away to safety.
"I am going to treat it like a normal tournament, and hopefully the crowd will give me a boost to edge away and get the gold.
The first final saw the North Warwickshire College student win a scrap with Brand for second, allowing King to edge away to victory.