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slip away

1. To escape, leave, or disappear quietly or in secret. I felt really uncomfortable in the group of strangers, so I slipped away when everyone was distracted. In the commotion, the suspect slipped away from the custody of police.
2. To narrowly evade capture. We had the thief on the run, but he managed to slip away.
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slip away

 
1. and slip off to go away or escape quietly or in secret; to slip out. I slipped away when no one was looking. Let's slip off somewhere and have a little talk. I'll try to slip out for an hour or two when Tom is asleep.
2. Euph. to die. Uncle Charles slipped away in his sleep last night.
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slip away

v.
To escape, as from a grasp, fastening, or restraint: When no one was looking, the thief quietly slipped away. The suspect slipped away from the police.
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The hand of time keeps turning, one year has slipped away, but in our hearts the memories are with us everyday.
You left quietly with words unspoken, quietly slipped away, but along the path of memories you walk with us each day.
Joseph said: "We spoke after the cup semi and it's disappointing that a chance to win something has slipped away.
And they were not disappointed, as the covering protecting the etching slipped away to reveal a blue cross.
ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: Thousands of British troops were poised to go into battle as the final hours of peace in the Gulf slipped away with Iraqi president Saddam Hussein defying a final US ultimatum to leave the country or face war.
England recovered from losing early wickets to appear well set for their target of 206, but the match slipped away in the closing overs and they finished on 202 for eight.
Although she was nearly fifty when she first appeared in the West, the years slipped away when she danced, and the world stood still.
By the time they are approached, they seem already to have slipped away, their beauty an opportunity, registered but unconsummated.
As his health slipped away, doctors brought him out of isolation fro easier treatment, hoping his sister's marrow cells had taken hold and would protect him from the microbes the rest of us encounter every day.
"This match may have slipped away - although while we're still fighting I'll be praying for a miracle - but there's still the Fifth Test to play and that's when we'll need somebody to stand up and be counted.
The star, who shot to fame in 70s TV hit Charlie's Angels, slipped away yesterday in hospital in California.
IT was so disappointing to see the way in which Tranmere's season has slipped away.
I put her in the recovery position." When the train arrived at Clapham Junction he slipped away because he didn't want a fuss and only realised the next day that his Louis Vuitton pouch with the jewels was missing from a holdall." He said he had been told the girl and a man slipped away from a hospital before seeing doctors, but believed an opportunist had gone through his holdall while he was helping her.
At the end, several couples entwined in pools of light on the floor as one lone woman slipped away.