give (one) the slip

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give (one) the slip

To evade or escape one. The burglar gave us the slip, but we're in pursuit.
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give someone the slip

Sl. to escape from a pursuer. We were on his tail until he gave us the slip. I can give her the slip in no time at all.
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give the slip

Escape or evade someone. For example, He saw the rival gang approaching but managed to give them the slip. [Mid-1500s]
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give someone the slip

evade or escape from someone. informal
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give somebody the ˈslip

(informal) get away from somebody who is following you: The police were chasing us but we managed to give them the slip.
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give someone the slip

tv. to escape from a pursuer. We were on his tail until he gave us the slip.
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give (someone) the slip

Slang
To escape the pursuit of.
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References in classic literature ?
Would you believe, Porfiry, as soon as our backs were turned, he dressed, though he could hardly stand, and gave us the slip and went off on a spree somewhere till midnight, delirious all the time
We got one more look at the ram on the third morning, and then he gave us the slip.
We've been after him for about five years and would love to catch him but he gave us the slip - again.
You see their father gave us the slip a few months ago, so they're sort of nervous of men nowadays.
The activity kept us on our toes until the sun and the temperatures rose, but the big boys gave us the slip.
We had the wind but not the angle, and the group eventually gave us the slip.
Both animals gave us the slip, but Jon later scored on a small bull, and we had our first caribou of the trip.