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escape fire

1. A fire created in an area of vegetation so as to create a path clear of fuel to avoid an oncoming wildfire. A lighter might seem like the last thing you'd need in the middle of a grasslands wildfire, but it saved my life when I used it to start an escape fire.
2. By extension, any nonstandard, counterintuitive, and/or improvised solution to a problem that is too large or complex to be dealt with by traditional means. The country's welfare debt was so insurmountable that the government began looking at radical escape fires to manage the situation.
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escape the bear and fall to the lion

To avoid a frightening or problematic situation, only to end up in a worse one later. A: "After I swerved to avoid hitting a pedestrian, I wound up in oncoming traffic, and my car was totalled." B: "That's awful. You escaped the bear and fell to the lion."
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narrow escape

A situation in which danger or problems are barely avoided. That guy barely made it over the tracks before the train came. What a narrow escape!
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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.
See also: avenue, escape, of

by the skin of one's teeth

Fig. just barely. (By an amount equal to the thickness of the (imaginary) skin on one's teeth.) I got through calculus class by the skin of my teeth. I got to the airport a few minutes late and missed the plane by the skin of my teeth. Lloyd escaped from the burning building by the skin of his teeth.
See also: of, skin, teeth

escape (from someone or something) (to some place)

to get away from someone, something, or some place to another place. Max escaped from prison to a hideout in Alabama. He escaped to Alabama from one of the worst-run prisons in the land.

escape someone's notice

Fig. to go unnoticed; not to have been noticed. (Usually a way to point out that someone has failed to see or respond to something.) I suppose my earlier request escaped your notice, so I'm writing again. I'm sorry. Your letter escaped my notice.
See also: escape, notice

Little thieves are hanged, but great ones escape.

Prov. Truly expert criminals are never caught. Everyone's making such a fuss because they convicted that bank robber, but he must not have been a very dangerous criminal. Little thieves are hanged, but great ones escape.
See also: but, escape, great, little, one, thief

it escapes me

1. I do not notice something If there was something important in that package, it certainly escaped me.
2. I do not remember something I knew his name a minute ago, but now it escapes me.
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a narrow escape

a situation in which you were lucky because you just managed to avoid danger or trouble He only just got out of the vehicle before the whole thing blew up. It was a narrow escape.
See also: escape, narrow

by the skin of your teeth

  (informal)
if you do something by the skin of your teeth, you only just succeed in doing it We escaped by the skin of our teeth. England held on by the skin of their teeth to win 1-0.
See also: of, skin, teeth

escape notice

Elude attention or observation, as in It must have escaped the editor's notice so I'll write again. [c. 1700]
See also: escape, notice

narrow escape

A barely successful flight from or avoidance of danger or trouble, as in He had a narrow escape, since the bullet came within inches of his head. This expression uses narrow in the sense of "barely sufficient." [Late 1500s] For a newer synonym, see close call.
See also: escape, narrow

by the skin of (one's) teeth

By the smallest margin.
See also: of, skin, teeth
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According to the Draft Article on necessity, the conduct not in conformity with an international obligation must be the "only means of warding off' the peril; "the peril must not have been escapable by any other means, even a more costly one, that could be adopted in compliance with international obligations.
In an experiment in which some rats were exposed to shocks they could escape from and others were exposed to shocks that were inescapable, rats that were presented with inescapable shocks increased alcohol preference compared with rats that received escapable shocks (Volpicelli 1987; Volpicelli and Ulm 1990).
Tumor rejection in rats after inescapable or escapable shock.
This research usually involved using the traditional triadic experimental design in which separate groups of rats initially received one of three conditions in a wheel-turn box: escapable shock, yoked-inescapable shock, or no shock.
However, the findings of another experiment by Williams (1987) have clearly demonstrated that this synergistic effect is found only if rats have received inescapable shock, as opposed to escapable shock, prior to testing with the odors of shocked conspecifics.
Being limited by class may be more "unforgivable" than being so bound by race or gender because class, in America, is supposed to be fluid, changeable, escapable.
The connection between theology and the natural sciences, however, is less evident and, on the surface, appears quite escapable.
Many of the foods, drugs, or animals that cause allergies can be even insects and household dust are escapable.
is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to pursue a greater level of public safety by ensuring that car trunks are escapable.
Inescapable versus escapable shock modulates longer-term potentiation in the rat hippocampus.
If Roth feels himself to be at some level a cultural pariah because of his suspension between two traditions, one never entirely escapable and one never entirely attainable, Ozick must cope in addition with the feminine mystique, a myth assiduously cultivated by paleface and redskin alike.
Using rats, their data demonstrated that, if a long inactivity response (ascending scale, range 2 s to 18 s) was required to terminate shock, the subsequent two crossings (FR2) escape performance of escapable shock animals was significantly impaired relative to either a yoked inescapable shock group, which received the same shock density, or an escapable shock group which could terminate shock following a short, 2-second, inactive response.
ADSL is an escapable solution," said Westell Chairman and CEO Gary Seamans.