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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On hearing this the general sprang upon the gangway crying, "Now then, my sons, don't let her give us the slip! It must be some Algerine corsair brigantine that the watchtower signals to us." The three others immediately came alongside the chief galley to receive their orders.
Despite their diminutive brains, lovesick longbeards some how give us the slip time and again.
He jokily gave our mascot a hug during a walkabout in Tamworth, Staffs - after days of trying to give us the slip.
Every day WyCon Safari owner Wynn Condict and guide Dan Fox located shooter bucks for us, but one way or another the wily deer always seemed to give us the slip. Sure, we were getting some good video, which is what we were after, but at times it almost seemed like we were seeing too many deer.
'Excuse me, kiddies.' He tried to get to his feet, murmuring something about his important appointments, but to his horror Charlie and Harry started wailing and even the toddler on the young mother's lap joined in.'You can give us the slip when we all file out,' the mother whispered, 'only don't show them up.
He and his staff would work mightily to give us the slip, and then brag about it afterward.