Meaning of “slip away” in the English Dictionary

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"slip away" in British English

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slip away

phrasal verb with slip uk /slɪp/ us /slɪp/ verb -pp-

C2 to leave secretly:

He slipped away while we were all sleeping.

C2 If a period of time slips away, it passes quickly:

Time was slipping away and she had to make a decision soon.

C2 If someone's power or the possibility of someone winning or achieving something slips away, it disappears:

Political power was really in their hands and they let it slip away.

(Definition of “slip away” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"slip away" in American English

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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 Olympic teammate took the gold.

(Definition of “slip away” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)