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avenue of escape

A way or path out of something. That beetle doesn't seem to know that his only avenue of escape is the open window. The fire was in the kitchen, so our only avenue of escape was through the front door.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Almost immediately I recognised them for what they were, the dark openings of caves entering the solid walls--possible avenues of escape or temporary shelter, could we but reach them.
And, unconsciously, this way and that he glanced for avenues of escape. But he was trapped amid the palms and rubber trees.
The European governments in whose possessions they worked had long sought them; but, working their way slowly out of the north they had learned many things in the no-man's-land south of the Sahara which gave them immunity from capture through easy avenues of escape that were unknown to those who pursued them.
Women constrained by stifling societies find new avenues of escape or subversion, and inflict fierce revenge on orthodoxy and chauvinism.
Suppose you woke up to find the house ablaze, including the adjoining rooms, with all avenues of escape engulfed in flames.
According to a statement here Monday, Sirajul Haq counseled the Prime Minister not to look for avenues of escape from accountability, and instead talk of a ruthless accountability.
All imaginable avenues of escape have been eliminated by design, so that trapped people can only mill about, dreaming perhaps of salvation, but unable to overcome the barriers that the state and their own constricted and distorted thinking place in the way of their true liberation.
"They were obviously getting a handle on Kearney's routine and sorting out avenues of escape." Kearney, 46, was a major player in a Belfast crime cartel, that includes peddling drugs.
Whenever I walk into an unfamiliar establishment, I take a few seconds to look for other exits, windows, doors, possible cover or other avenues of escape if I need to make a hasty retreat.
In many cases, Mr Hosko said the children "don't see any avenues of escape'' from their handlers.
If you can find these avenues of escape, you have the beginning of a pattern that could put that buck in your truck, because these bucks will often enter the field from this escape cover.
That makes the situation now look like an impasse between Assange, backed by the Ecuadorian government, and the UK, which has isolated and limited his avenues of escape.
The Jewish-American experience of Queens would have to wait till the '40s and '50s, and the Staten Island experience has not yet been deeply evoked.) Like Fuchs and Roth, Levin writes of Depression immobility, and its avenues of escape into the factories of dreams, though Levin's fiction carries more of a wistful dreaming than Fuchs' and Roth's.
Still, unmasking ZC's identity has accelerated such research, leaving the disease with fewer avenues of escape.--By Jan Suszkiw, ARS.
I was able to find work whereas those impoverished today by lack of talent or qualifications have few avenues of escape left, with manufacturing industry in its death throes.