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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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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.

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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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

give someone the slip

tv. to escape from a pursuer. We were on his tail until he gave us the slip.
See also: give, slip, someone
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

give (someone) the slip

Slang
To escape the pursuit of.
See also: give, slip
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Presently after which he took his leave; saying his house was in such disorder that it was necessary for him to make haste home, to take care his daughter did not give him the slip; and as for Jones, he swore if he caught him at his house, he would qualify him to run for the geldings' plate.
A further loss of half an hour's time had occurred while he was getting the necessary help to assist him, in the event of my resisting, or trying to give him the slip, in making me a prisoner.
Max has troubles of his own as he tracks Rainie down to a hotel, only for her to give him the slip. She does lose her cash in the process though, forcing her to turn to Stuart for help.
Alex eventually manages to give him the slip and escapes into Shieldinch.
But they left separately, with the One Show host and ex-Strictly Come Dancing contestant doing some tricky footwork to give him the slip.