let slip away

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let slip away

1. To allow a period of time to pass or be spent idly or without notice. A noun or pronoun is used between "slip" and "away." I don't want to let the whole summer slip away without going anywhere nice for a vacation. Sorry, I got distracted playing my game and ended up letting the afternoon slip away.
2. To allow someone or something that one desires leave or be taken from one, especially due to negligence or inattentiveness. A noun or pronoun is used between "slip" and "away." I let you slip away from me once before in my life, and I've never stopped regretting it. I won't let that happen again.
3. To fail to capitalize on some opportunity. A noun or pronoun is used between "slip" and "away." What are you waiting for, call them back! Don't let such an amazing chance slip away!
See also: away, let, slip
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THE mum of cannabis oil battle boy Billy Caldwell today claims a doctor offered morphine and told her to "let him slip away" when he was a baby.
It became clear what was being offered to me when he said it was his professional opinion that it would be better for Billy and better for me if we let him slip away.
They can not let him slip away, he's a player who would be worth at least PS30m-PS40m next year even if we were just to sell him.
They cannot let him slip away, he's a player who would be worth at least PS30m-PS40m next year even if we were just to sell him.
He's a threat and he has a chance of winning if you let him slip away. We need to keep an eye on him.'
If you think that he's fit and a really nice guy, then I wouldn't let him slip away just for this reason.
She said: "I had to let him slip away rather than let him suffer."
It's a pity Sakho (pictured) wasn't marking Hernandez at the corner because I don't think he'd have let him slip away in the six-yard box the way Jose Enrique did.
He said: "I lost concentration and let him slip away from me."
Meanwhile, Ash refuses to let him slip away, setting the scene for a final confrontation between him and Roach Gripping stuff.