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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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escape (one's) notice

To avoid being seen. I doubt you will escape people's notice if you show up at the party in a floor-length sequined gown.
See also: escape, notice

escape fire

1. A fire created in an area of vegetation so as to create a path clear of fuel to avoid an oncoming wildfire. A lighter might seem like the last thing you'd need in the middle of a grasslands wildfire, but it saved my life when I used it to start an escape fire.
2. By extension, any nonstandard, counterintuitive, and/or improvised solution to a problem that is too large or complex to be dealt with by traditional means. The country's welfare debt was so insurmountable that the government began looking at radical escape fires to manage the situation.
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escape the bear and fall to the lion

To avoid a frightening or problematic situation, only to end up in a worse one later. A: "After I swerved to avoid hitting a pedestrian, I wound up in oncoming traffic, and my car was totaled." B: "That's awful. You escaped the bear and fell to the lion."
See also: and, bear, escape, fall, lion

it escapes (one)

One can't quite remember something at the moment. I'm trying to remember why I came in here, but it escapes me.
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Little thieves are hanged, but great ones escape.

proverb Those who commit small crimes will face the full consequences of the law, but those who commit crimes on a huge scale will go unpunished. So some guy who holds up a liquor store with a gun because his family can't afford food gets 30 years in prison, but a wealthy CEO who robs millions of people of their pensions gets a few months of community service? I tell you, little thieves are hanged, but great ones escape.
See also: but, great, little, one, thief

make good (one's) escape

To successfully escape from some place. The robber made good his escape through a secret back door in the building that was unknown to police.
See also: escape, good, make

narrow escape

A situation in which danger or problems are barely avoided. That guy barely made it over the tracks before the train came. What a narrow escape!
See also: escape, narrow
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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

by the skin of one's teeth

Fig. just barely. (By an amount equal to the thickness of the (imaginary) skin on one's teeth.) I got through calculus class by the skin of my teeth. I got to the airport a few minutes late and missed the plane by the skin of my teeth. Lloyd escaped from the burning building by the skin of his teeth.
See also: by, of, skin, teeth

escape (from someone or something) (to some place)

to get away from someone, something, or some place to another place. Max escaped from prison to a hideout in Alabama. He escaped to Alabama from one of the worst-run prisons in the land.

escape someone's notice

Fig. to go unnoticed; not to have been noticed. (Usually a way to point out that someone has failed to see or respond to something.) I suppose my earlier request escaped your notice, so I'm writing again. I'm sorry. Your letter escaped my notice.
See also: escape, notice

Little thieves are hanged, but great ones escape.

Prov. Truly expert criminals are never caught. Everyone's making such a fuss because they convicted that bank robber, but he must not have been a very dangerous criminal. Little thieves are hanged, but great ones escape.
See also: but, escape, great, little, one, thief
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

escape notice

Elude attention or observation, as in It must have escaped the editor's notice so I'll write again. [c. 1700]
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narrow escape

A barely successful flight from or avoidance of danger or trouble, as in He had a narrow escape, since the bullet came within inches of his head. This expression uses narrow in the sense of "barely sufficient." [Late 1500s] For a newer synonym, see close call.
See also: escape, narrow
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

escape somebody’s ˈnotice

not be noticed by somebody: It may have escaped your notice but I’m very busy right now. Can we talk later?
See also: escape, notice

make ˌgood your eˈscape

(written) manage to escape completely: In the confusion at the border, the woman made good her escape.He made good his escape from a crowd of journalists by jumping over a fence.
See also: escape, good, make

a narrow eˈscape/ˈsqueak

a situation where somebody only just avoids injury, danger or failure: We had a narrow escape on the way here. The wind blew a tree down just in front of us. We could have been killed.
See also: escape, narrow, squeak
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

by the skin of (one's) teeth

By the smallest margin.
See also: by, of, skin, teeth
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(53) Moreover, I agree that this pre-rational choice, move, or acknowledgement is neither optional nor arbitrary nor escapable. At the same time, I agree with Rasmussen (contra Gotthelf, Khawaja, and Branden) that there is something to life that makes it valuable by virtue of what it is, rather than by virtue of our choice to value it.
From a Rogerian perspective, it would not be a change in the nature of stress from escapable to inescapable that lowered immunity, rather a change in human field pattern manifested as both the perception of inescapable stress and lowered immunity.
In addition to raising the possibility that it might be time to stop talking about the South, Jones's work suggests that contemporary American Indian literature--particularly texts that are invested in the South--is already unnaming, remaking, repossessing, resituating, or otherwise disburdening itself of this strange, cumbersome, fragile, contentious, escapable, and not-so-inevitable collection of qualities that have for so long now been prioritized as "Southern." In this vein, an interviewer for the online "writing about writing" site Slushpile holds fast to the category "the South" much more than Jones does: Barry Hannah once said something that stuck in my mind about how he wanted to read stories about the South but a different culture than what usually gets portrayed.
Aesthetic judgment is thus no more escapable than is moral judgment, and to argue that there is nothing to be said morally in favor of one course of action compared with another, because there is no indubitable or ultimate metaphysical justification for any code of morality, is itself to take a moral position.
With a writer who is barely escapable both in print and on the small screen - to the extent that his new book puffs his Channel 4 series on the front cover - the accusation that his written work is of secondary importance is easily levelled.
With a writer who is barely escapable both in print and on the small screen the accusation that his written work is of secondary importance is easily levelled.
However, the process has bogged down yet again in a political swamp that may not be escapable. This is how it happened:
[F]or purposes of predatory pricing law, one should thus not distinguish between sunk, fixed, avoidable, and variable costs with general definitions about whether they are escapable in a limited period, or need to be incurred to produce any output or to produce anything beyond the first unit of output.
Time for instance, seems to be escapable for Lingard and Edith: their watches are "dead," "'The glass of my watch was smashed ...
Patients should not have a duty to risk their health for others, and to the extent that they may feel that even a limited obligation has been created, it should be escapable. (38) These qualifications would be satisfied in the kinds of studies that this article suggests.
"Functionings" range from "such elementary things as being adequately nourished, being in good health, avoiding escapable morbidity and premature mortality, etc., to more complex achievements such as being happy, having self-respect [and] taking part in the life of the community" (ibid.: 39).
is a cost that cannot be avoided for some limited period of time, but after that period of time it becomes avoidable or escapable. A cost that is fixed may or may not be sunk and a cost that is sunk may not be fixed ...
In contrast to rites and rituals, the "message of a joke is that they are escapable" (103).
And yet, even after analyzing the text of Dominus Iesus, not only for what it says but what it does not say, in attempting to answer my own two questions--"Why this document?" and "Why now?"--I am forced into an escapable political conclusion: Given the advancing age and increasing physical infirmities of the incumbent Pope, John Paul II; the power of the conservative wing of the Roman Catholic Church in the person of Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith--"The Vatican's Enforcer of the Faith," to use John L.
Each time the ringing stopped, though, there was an escapable feeling they had merely pressed the snooze button.