let slip through fingers
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Related to let slip through fingers: slip through one's fingers
let somebody slip through your fingers
to allow someone to escape from you The police let the main suspect slip through their fingers.
let something slip through your fingers
1. to waste an opportunity to achieve something This is my big chance to make a career in journalism and I can't let it slip through my fingers.
Usage notes: sometimes used without let: He has seen the world championship slip through his fingers twice.
2. to fail to get or keep something The team lost one of their star players to Seattle last year, and didn't want to let another slip through their fingers.