slip (something) past (one)

slip (something) past (one)

1. To attempt to cause one to accept, overlook, or not notice something through stealth, trickery, or deception. You can't slip anything past my dad—he's like a bloodhound whenever we try to get away with something! They tried to slip the stolen goods past the guards by hiding them inside a food trolley.
2. To score a point by getting a ball, puck, or similar object beyond an opponent. The striker slipped the ball past the keeper with a brilliant shot to the corner of the net. Despite the team's fantastic defensive display, the Red Wings' forward managed to slip the puck past the goalie with just two seconds left on the clock.
See also: past, slip
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

slip someone or something past someone or something

to cause someone or something to move past someone or something unnoticed; to manage to get something past the scrutiny of someone. I slipped another one of my friends past the usher into the theater. Do you think I can slip this sausage past the customs officers? I slipped a note past the guard.
See also: past, slip

slip past someone or something

to sneak or move past someone or something unnoticed. It is impossible to slip past the armed guards and metal detectors. Do you think lean slip past the doorway without being seen?
See also: past, slip
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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