flee, fly, leave, depart, elude, avoid, evade, dodge, run off, run away, get away, get out, slip away, make one's escape, make off, disappear, vanish, steal off, steal away, get away from, break out, break away, bolt, get free, get clear of, desert, slip out, elope, run out, run out on, leak out, flow out, gush forth, emerge, burst out, avoid danger, go free, go scot-free, decamp, abscond, take flight, take off, free oneself, break loose, gain, liberty, break one's bonds, break jail, get off, find a loophole, wriggle out, worm out of, slip by, get by, lead one a merry chase, duck out*, cut out*, make a getaway*, make a break*, get away with*, cut and run*, show one's heels*, cut loose*, clear out*, make oneself scarce*, play hooky*, go AWOL*, bail out*, save one's bacon*, save one's neck*, scram*, skidoo*, take a powder*, give one the slip*, shake*, shake off*, fly the coop*, take it on the lam*, leg it*, play hide and seek*, take French leave*, skip*, jump*.
escape implies a getting out of, a keeping away from, or simply a remaining unaffected by an impending or present danger, evil, confinement, etc. to escape death, criticism, etc.; to avoid is to make a conscious effort to keep clear of something undesirable or harmful to avoid crowds during a flu epidemic; to evade is to escape or avoid by artifice, cunning, adroitness, etc. to evade pursuit, one's duty, etc.; to elude is to escape the grasp of someone or something by artful or slippery dodges or because of a baffling quality the criminal eluded the police, the meaning eluded him
The act of escaping
flight, getaway, retreat, disappearance, evasion, avoidance, leave, departure, withdrawal, hegira, elopement, desertion, abdication, decampment, liberation, deliverance, rescue, freedom, release, extrication, breakout, jailbreak, break*, French leave*, close call*, close shave*, slip*, AWOL*.
Place of escape
To break loose and leave suddenly, as from confinement or from a difficult or threatening situation:abscond, break out, decamp, flee, fly, get away, run away. (Informal) skip (out). (Slang) lam. (Regional) absquatulate. Idioms: blow (or fly) the coop, cut and run, give someone the slip, make a getaway, take flight, take it on the lam. See free
To keep away from:avoid, burke, bypass, circumvent, dodge, duck, elude, eschew, evade, get around, shun. Idioms: fight shy of, give a wide berth to, have no truck with, keep (or stay) (or steer) clear of. See seek
To fail to be fixed by the mind, memory, or senses of:elude. Idiom: slip away from. See owned
The act or an instance of escaping, as from confinement or difficulty:break, breakout, decampment, escapement, flight, getaway. (Slang) lam. See free
The act, an instance, or a means of avoiding:avoidance, bypass, circumvention, evasion. See seek
Freedom from worry, care, or unpleasantness:forgetfulness, oblivion, obliviousness. See seek
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