do a Houdini (act)

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do a Houdini (act)

To vanish or flee suddenly, typically so as to escape from someone or something. Refers to US magician Harry Houdini, who was known for his ability to escape from things such as straitjackets, handcuffs, underwater chests, etc. My kids always do a Houdini act when I tell them it's time for their chores. The three of us decided to do a Houdini, heading for the Mexican border so we could leave this all behind us. I thought things were going pretty well with Beth, but after I asked her to be my girlfriend, she suddenly did a Houdini act.
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