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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
References in periodicals archive ?
"The last two games against Edinburgh have been very close but we let them slip away so, from our point of view, we've got to play from first whistle to final whistle."
'I picked up shots and then let them slip away, but I'm not out of it,' she said.
"There have been a few games this season we should have won, but let them slip away in the last couple of minutes.
"So in a way, what I need to do is get greedy and take every chance that comes my way and not let them slip away as I have done too many times this season.
"The last two games against Edinburgh have been very close but we let them slip away so, from our point of view, we've got to play from first whistle to final whistle." ULSTER: J Smith, A Trimble, D Cave, P Wallace, S Danielli, I Humphreys, I Boss; T Court, N Brady, BJ Botha, D Tuohy, E O'Donoghue, S Ferris, D Pollock, C Henry (capt) Replacements: A Kyriacou, B Young, D Fitzpatrick, R Caldwell, TJ Anderson, Cillian Willis, Niall O'Connor, Timoci Nagusa.
The couple split in 2001 and Kidman said she has rediscovered those friends and is determined not to let them slip away again.