avenue of escape

avenue of escape

Fig. the pathway or route along which someone or something escapes. The open window was the bird's only avenue of escape from the house. Bill saw that his one avenue of escape was through the back door.
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He slowly revolved in his mind the incidents of the evening--the open, unguarded gate; the lighted doorway--the only one he had seen thus open and lighted along the avenue he had followed; the advance of the warriors at precisely the moment that he could find no other avenue of escape or concealment; the corridors and chambers that led past many locked doors to this underground prison leaving no other path for him to pursue.
With the light he found it easier to regain control of his nerves, and presently he was again making his way along the tunnel in search of an avenue of escape.
Yet the wall was not fully six feet from him, and the top of it at least five feet above the top of the shed--those who had designed the campong had been careful to set this structure sufficiently far from the palisade to prevent its forming too easy an avenue of escape.
There seemed no avenue of escape, and I knew that even my modern automatic rifle was inadequate in the face of so many of these fierce beasts.
Tarzan scanned the precipitous walls for an avenue of escape.
There was, therefore, no avenue of escape in this direction.
The car was plunging along the uneven road at a reckless pace, for the fire showed threateningly at their right, and another change of the wind might sweep it on with raging fury across this one avenue of escape.
Proceeding through the outer heart toward the shore, they squeezed into the "inner heart," another V-shaped enclosure from which the only avenue of escape was the narrow passage through which they had entered.
Due to the road conditions, the nature of the cul-de-sac, and the proximity of Trooper McIntyre and the officer to the Nissan, Trooper McIntyre had no avenue of escape.
He added, however, that "a broader view of Oregon law provides an avenue of escape.
You set fire to the stairwell, the only avenue of escape for the victims, and you watched the fire develop until the smoke alarm went off.
While the British held meetings, the armies of George Washington and Jean Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, Comte de Rochambeau, moved aggressively toward the goal of pinning down Cornwallis on a peninsula with his back to the sea so that the French Navy might have the opportunity to seal off Cornwallis's only avenue of escape.
99)--and her avenue of escape allows her to find things in an unexpected place.
The counsel for the prosecution tells the jury: "There may be times when a terrified woman, believing herself to be in immediate danger, and having no avenue of escape, is perfectly justified in fighting off her attacker in any way she can.