up- +‎ steal


upsteal (third-person singular simple present upsteals, present participle upstealing, simple past upstole, past participle upstolen)

  1. (poetic, intransitive) To steal or creep upward.
    • 1905, Bliss Carman, Poems (volume 2, page 212)
      [] Or the potter, from whose wheel / Fair and finished shapes upsteal, / As by magic of command, / Guided by the loving hand.
    • (Can we date this quote by Thomas Hardy and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      Yet, maybe, in some soul, / In some spot undiscerned on sea or land, some impulse rose, / Or some intent upstole / Of that enkindling ardency from whose maturer glows / The world's amendment flows.