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elude
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The Great Gatsby
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as in: your point eludes me Define
to escape understanding (not understood)
  • When we were on a house-party together up in Warwick, she left a borrowed car out in the rain with the top down, and then lied about it — and suddenly I remembered the story about her that had eluded me that night at Daisy’s. [remembering a scandal where Jordan Baker was said to have cheated while competing in a golf tournament]
  • The nature of Mr. Tostoff’s composition eluded me, because just as it began my eyes fell on Gatsby, standing alone on the marble steps and looking from one group to another with approving eyes.

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  • The prolonged and tumultuous argument that ended by herding us into that room eludes me, though I have a sharp physical memory that, in the course of it, my underwear kept climbing like a damp snake around my legs and intermittent beads of sweat raced cool across my back.

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  • What you are seeing in him eludes me.
  • The point of his story eludes me.

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as in: he eluded the police Define
to avoid, or get away from, or remain out of reach -- as in:
  • "She eluded the police."
  • She eluded danger and finally arrived safely at home.
  • Success has eluded me so far.
  • She always messes up, but some how eludes taking responsibility

  • It eluded us then, but that’s no matter — tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms fartherů and one fine morning —
  • Eluding Jordan’s undergraduate, who was now engaged in an obstetrical conversation with two chorus girls, and who implored me to join him, I went inside.

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  • The thief eluded the police
  • The quarterback eluded the linebackers.

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as in: he eluded the police Define
to avoid, or get away from, or remain out of reach -- as in:
  • "She eluded the police."
  • She eluded danger and finally arrived safely at home.
  • Success has eluded me so far.
  • She always messes up, but some how eludes taking responsibility

as in: your point eludes me Define
to escape understanding (not understood)
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