When Mark first showed himself at the cardinal’s door, he sloped up in patched boots and a canvas doublet that had belonged to a bigger man.

Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel

What does 'slope up" mean here?

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Ideally slope up should mean:

slope up (to something) to slant upward in the direction of something.

> The ramp sloped up to the door, allowing wheelchairs to enter. It sloped up rather steeply.


But here, in this context, I think this below-mentioned meaning will hold up:


To move or walk:

"Without another word he turned and sloped off down the driveway" (Roald Dahl).


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