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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.
See also: escape, fire

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

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

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.
See also: avenue, escape, of

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

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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make good (one's) escape

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

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

escape notice

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

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

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

by the skin of (one's) teeth

By the smallest margin.
See also: by, of, skin, teeth
References in periodicals archive ?
The team that took on Dr Wilson's Office, which included third round hero Jack Grimmer, escaped with 14 minutes on the clock, while the group in the Time Machine experience, led by captain Michael Doyle, didn't require a clue until the final stages to escape.
Jordan Ladley, venue manager at Escape Live Birmingham which is situated on Henrietta Street, said: "We split the group up and all of the teams managed to escape, which is a great achievement and shows great teamwork.
According to a newly-submitted planning application, the company wants to create six separate escape rooms for groups of two to six players who must decode puzzles in order to leave.
She contacted an owner of an escape room in Los Angeles to discuss franchising and even attended an escape room conference in Niagara Falls.
com/2017/07/30/two-rikers-island-correction-officers-suspended-without-pay-for-letting-inmate-escape/) said in a statement that the correction facility housed 75,000 inmates, some of whom have used different tools and methods similar to Hill's tunnel plan to escape the correction facility.
In a trend that has swept the planet in the last couple of years, Dubai now reportedly has as many as nine indoor escape game outlets in the emirate which are proving popular with residents looking for something a little more off the path than traditional indoor pursuits to escape hot weather.
Meanwhile, the new Escape will also be featured in a collaboration with Blindspot producers to create a three-part custom integration starring actress Ashley Johnson, who plays FBI agent Patterson on the show.
Co-founder of Cuvee Escapes Larry Mueller said, "This partnership enables seekers of ultra-luxury experiences to be confident of the quality they receive in the real estate market, whether they are renting, leasing or buying.
Beginning June 23, the best escape photos will go head-to-head and consumers will be asked to vote for the winning escape.
For 2014, the five-passenger Escape retains its agile handling and tidy size while adding a rearview camera and improved Sync MyFord voice-activated phone and audio system as standard equipment on all models.
wholesalers serving America's small business marketplace through ESCAPE and enhance the company's underwriting support and service while strengthening product and feature development for users.
Steak Escape, the US-based fast food chain, is set to expand its footprint in UAE.
Steak Escape, a US-based quick service food chain which launched its Dubai operations in 2012 through HMS Steak Limited, is set to expand its footprint in UAE.
The bill redefines certain chapters of the penal code to include clear provisions for convicts who escape from areas other than prison or holding cells.
Summary: JEDDAH: Expatriate workers in the Kingdom find it very easy to escape from their sponsors -- either a person or a company -- without losing money.