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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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

To escape the pursuit of.
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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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Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford hinted that Give The Slip could well be back for another attack on the race next year.
Being a big striding horse, Galileo has to get in a rhythm and the fact that he followed Fantastic Light and Give The Slip might answer why he was beaten.
8-13 Galileo, 2-1 Fantastic Light, 12-1 Bach, 16-1 Rebelline, 25-1 Give The Slip, 50 bar
The chase was headed by the 'real' pacemaker, Give The Slip, who was tracked at a more respectful distance by Frankie Dettori on Fantastic Light and Mick Kinane on Galileo.
Godolphin are also triple-handed with Fantastic Light, Sakhee and Give The Slip.
Yorkshire Cup victor Marienbard heads the Dubai team's hopefuls this time around, who also include Give The Slip, Mutafaweq and Hatha Anna.
Godolphin are to use Give The Slip as the pacemaker for Fantastic Light.
Saeed bin Suroor is expecting another big run from Fantastic Light, who will again have the services of pacemaker Give The Slip next Wednesday, as he did when winning the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh last month.
Answers on page 90 The List Last 5 three-year-olds to win the Totesport Ebor Handicap 2001 Mediterranean Aidan O'Brien/Mick Kinane 16-1 2000 Give The Slip Amanda Perrett/Pat Eddery 8-1 1998 Tuning Henry Cecil/Kieren Fallon 9-2f 1996 Clerkenwell Michael Stoute/Fergal Lynch 17-2 1995 Sanmartino Barry Hills/Willie Carson 8-1
l Godolphin are to use Give The Slip as pacemaker for Galileo's chief rival, Fantastic Light, in tomorrow's Ascot showpiece.
It's a close call but I just prefer the chances of globetrotting Fantastic Light, who bounded clear of stablemate Give The Slip in his final gallop on the Limekilns on Thursday morning.
Give The Slip can also land his first pattern contest in the Group Three Peugeot Gordon Stakes.
His first horse, Sharpo, was shared with his friend Monica Sheriffe and was a top-class sprinter, while his last big winner was Give The Slip, trained by Amanda Perrett, who won the 2000 Ebor.
"Give the Slip and Bonnard are our pacemakers and we will decide which to run from our main contenders Fantastic Light, Ekraar and Tobougg over the next day or so," said spokesman Simon Crisford.
But it was the decision by Saeed bin Suroor, who has saddled 16 Royal Ascot winners since So Factual won in 1995, to enter Give The Slip as a pacemaker that was the surprise news last night.