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give someone the slip

Sl. to escape from a pursuer. We were on his tail until he gave us the slip. I can give her the slip in no time at all.
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give somebody the slip

to escape from someone who is watching or following you Reporters kept trying to follow the agents, and the agents drove in circles trying to give them the slip.
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give somebody the slip

  (informal)
to escape from someone who is with you, following you, or watching you There was a man following me when I left the office, but I gave him the slip on the crowded main street.
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give the slip

Escape or evade someone. For example, He saw the rival gang approaching but managed to give them the slip. [Mid-1500s]
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give (someone) the slip

Slang
To escape the pursuit of.
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Coming into the straight, Give The Slip came slightly off the rails, allowing the Italian just the room he needed to save a precious few strides.
GALILEO (8 11) Jul 28, Ascot, 1m 4f stks A (Gp 1) 127], good to firm, pounds 435,000: 1 GALILEO (8-9, M J Kinane, 7) tlead over 2f out, ridden and joined over 1f out, driven and forged ahead last 150y (1 to 2 fav ), 2 FANTASTIC LIGHT (9-7,L Dettori, t, 3) ridden and upsides over 1f out, beaten last 150y, eased near line (7 to 2 ), 3 Hightori (9-7) 10 CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT (btn 20l) (9-7, W Smith, bl, 4) always rear, ridden 4f out, weakened 3f out (200 to 1 ), 11 GIVE THE SLIP (btn 23l) (9-7, D O'Donohoe, 6) led to over 2f out, weakened and eased (66 to 1 ), 12 ICE DANCER (btn 30l) (8-9, P J Scallan, 11) (200 to 1 ), ; 12 Ran.
Thus they raced until the turn for home, Ice Dancer in a clear lead but fully expected to perish soon afterwards (which he did), the big two looming up to pass Give The Slip and battle it out up the straight.
Ebor winner Give The Slip would be an interesting contender.
Give The Slip has been successfully used as a pacemaker for Fantastic Light twice already this season.
He needs a good pace in a race at a mile and a quarter and Give The Slip does a good job," the trainer said.
Fantastic Light should have a good pacemaker and Give The Slip is the ideal horse.
This represents a step up in grade for Give The Slip but he is clearly improving rapidly and can keep up the good work here at the expense of some less-experienced rivals.
Godolphin pulled a rabbit out the hat last night when they announced that Ebor and Royal Ascot winner from last season Give The Slip would be in the pacemaker role for World Champion Fantastic Light at the Royal meeting next week.
Former trainer Guy Harwood must be mighty proud of his daughter Amanda Perrett's exploits this season and Give The Slip (3.
When Give The Slip moved off the rail to let Fantastic Light up his inside at Leopardstown, this concerted and pre-ordained manoeuvre was widely greeted as a stroke of tactical genius.
Last year's Emirates World Series champion, sent off the 5-4 favourite, was produced in the final two furlongs by Frankie Dettori to get the better of a protracted battle with the Pat Eddery-ridden Golden Snake by a neck after Godolphin stablemate Give The Slip proved the perfect pacemaker.
The only other withdrawal from 10 five-day entries was Godolphin's Give The Slip.