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slip away

phrasal verb with slip uk   us   /slɪp/ verb (-pp-)
C2 to ​leavesecretly: He ​slipped away while we were all ​sleeping.C2 If a ​period of ​timeslips away, it ​passesquickly: Time was ​slipping away and she had to make a ​decisionsoon.C2 If someone's ​power or the ​possibility of someone ​winning or ​achieving something ​slips away, it ​disappears: Political ​power was really in ​theirhands and they ​let it ​slip away.
(Definition of slip away from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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slip away

phrasal verb with slip  us   /slɪp/ verb (-pp-)
  • (LEAVE)

to ​leave without being ​noticed: Shortly before ​midnight, he slipped away to ​meet her.

slip away

phrasal verb with slip  us   /slɪp/ verb (-pp-)
  • (OPPORTUNITY)

(of an ​opportunity) to no ​longer be ​available: His ​chance at the ​medal slipped away as his ​Olympicteammate took the ​gold.
(Definition of slip away from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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