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English definition of “slip through sb's fingers”

slip through sb's fingers

If you allow an opportunity or a person to slip through your fingers , you lose it or them through not taking care or making an effort : You're surely not going to let a job /man like that slip through your fingers !Losing and lossWinning and losing
(Definition of slip through sb's fingers from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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