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as in:  he eluded the police

The thief eluded the police
  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
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  • The thief eluded the police
  • The quarterback eluded the linebackers.
  • My rage was without bounds; I sprang on him.... He easily eluded me and said, "Be calm!"
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • It eluded us then, but that’s no matter — tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther… and one fine morning —
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby

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  • The enemy’s fleet, which subsequently did not let a single boat pass, allows his entire army to elude it.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • In that way she will elude her wicked tormentor and break its evil cycle of birth and death.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • And then there are my fellow tributes …. The more anxious I am to find sleep, the more it eludes me.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • The evening was now drawing close, and well I knew that at sunset the Thing, which was till then imprisoned there, would take new freedom and could in any of many forms elude pursuit.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • The mysterious habits of Phileas Fogg were recalled; his solitary ways, his sudden departure; and it seemed clear that, in undertaking a tour round the world on the pretext of a wager, he had had no other end in view than to elude the detectives, and throw them off his track.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • So the war swept over like a wave at the seashore, gathering power and size as it bore on us, overwhelming in its rush, seemingly inescapable, and then at the last moment eluded by a word from Phineas; I had simply ducked, that was all, and the wave’s concentrated power had hurtled harmlessly overhead, no doubt throwing others roughly up on the beach, but leaving me peaceably treading water as before.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace

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  • "You, Tobias—or should I call you Four?—managed to elude me," she says quietly.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • If my quarry eludes me for three whole days, he wins the game.
    Richard Connell  --  The Most Dangerous Game
  • Besides, the strange nature of the animal would elude all pursuit, even if I were so far credited as to persuade my relatives to commence it.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • 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.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • Brinker Hadley had been tagged with a nickname at last, after four years of creating them for others and eluding one himself.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • But beyond Hong Kong, a simple warrant would be of no avail; an extradition warrant would be necessary, and that would result in delays and obstacles, of which the rascal would take advantage to elude justice.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • I would have seized him, but he eluded me and quitted the house with precipitation.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • I darted towards the spot from which the sound proceeded, but the devil eluded my grasp.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • I rushed towards the window, and drawing a pistol from my bosom, fired; but he eluded me, leaped from his station, and running with the swiftness of lightning, plunged into the lake.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • The want of logic annoys. Too much logic bores. Life eludes logic, and everything that logic alone constructs remains artificial and forced.
    André Gide
  • The enemy’s fleet, which subsequently did not let a single boat pass, allows his entire army to elude it.
    Tolstoy, Leo  --  War and Peace
  • Had she not been sick it would have been child’s play for her to elude him; but as it was, it required all her caution and cunning.
    London, Jack  --  Before Adam
  • It is sadder to find the past again and find it inadequate to the present than it is to have it elude you...
    F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • But she knew a way to elude them.
    Chopin, Kate  --  The Awakening and Selected Short Stories
  • Twice or thrice he was thrown down, and so were they; but even then, he could not elude their vigilance for a moment.
    Dickens, Charles  --  Barnaby Rudge - A Tale Of The Riots Of ’Eighty
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Associated words [difficulty]:   elude [3] , elusive [2] , delude [1] , elusive [2]
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