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.
slip past (someone or something)
1. To circumvent or circumnavigate someone or something in a surreptitious or inconspicuous manner; to avoid or evade someone or something. The criminal slipped past the police roadblock undetected. I cornered the thief, but he managed to slip past me.
2. To sneak or smuggle someone or something (to or through some place) without being noticed or scrutinized by someone or something else. My brother and his friends tried to slip me past the bouncer so I could go in and have a beer with them, but he checked our IDs and turned me away. The company has been fined $3.5 million for slipping a number of safety defects past regulators.
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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.
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?
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