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A permanent solution has proven elusive, but we expect to have one by the end of the month.
  difficult to get a hold of

(mentally such as a memory or description; or externally such as an achievement or physical capture)
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elusive elusively elusiveness
Strongly Associated with:   elude, elude
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  • A permanent solution has proven elusive, but we expect to have one by the end of the month.
  • an elusive memory
  • an elusive award
  • What are these elusive and ephemeral things that ignite passion in the human heart?
    Martin Sage and Sybil Adelman

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  • an elusive animal
  • The fox-faced girl from District 5 sly and elusive.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • As long as Buttercup feels he has the chance of catching the elusive light under his paws, he’s bristling with aggression.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • sniffing to catch an elusive scent
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • There— she had it, an elusive slip of memory.
    Jane Yolen  --  The Devils Arithmetic
  • More than anything, he wanted Martha to love him as he loved her, but the letters were mostly chatty, elusive on the matter of love.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried

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  • New beekeepers are told that the way to find the elusive queen is by first locating her circle of attendants.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • I wish I were with you now, holding your hand and watching for your elusive smile.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John
  • it was owned by elusive mega-millionaire Horace Derwent,
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • the mysterious Scarlet Pimpernel had proved elusive once more;
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • I fear this monster may be more elusive.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Titan’s Curse
  • In defense, the rabbit becomes sly and frightened and elusive and he digs holes and hides when the wolf is about.
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • She hoped for Ben’s sake that he would also come to remember him that way, without guilt and with the certain knowledge of Keith’s love for him, so elusive in his life to that point.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • Half a dozen men in long cloaks stood silent and watchful, gazing as ever at houses eleven and thirteen, but the thing for which they were waiting still appeared elusive.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • All afternoon he’d been fretting about those elusive cottonmouth moccasins, wondering why the reptile wrangler hadn’t been able to find them.
    Carl Hiassen  --  Hoot
  • I started to smell something. It was rich and sweet, delicious, and elusive. Automatically, I inhaled deeply, still trying to concentrate on...
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Marked
  • ...and after days and nights of discussion, chasing this elusive hope or that, ...
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • All these things were slippery and elusive.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • In Swansboro, Officer Jennifer Romanello spent the evening learning what she could about the elusive Robert Bonham.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Guardian
  • I suppose if I were to try to stick a pin through that most elusive spot "the happiest days of my life," that strange winter on the Portia Sue with my father would have to be indicated.
    Katherine Paterson  --  Jacob Have I Loved
  • Countless arteries stretch to the ends of its elusive body, circulating a continuous supply of fresh blood cells, sending out new data and collecting the old,
    Haruki Murakami  --  After Dark
  • He says he was trying to remember a Tchaikovsky piece he once knew quite well, but now it is as elusive as the meaning of a dream.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • The most elusive killer in modern history, a man many of us truly believe has been responsible-in one way or another-for the most tragic assassinations of our time.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • He thinks back to the story he cannot bring himself to tell these people, at once as vivid and as elusive as it’s always been: the capsized train in the middle of the night, his father’s arm sticking through a window, the crumpled page of a book clutched in his fist.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • Everything was so pleasant that my thoughts just floated, light and elusive, in my head.
    Maureen Daly  --  Seventeenth Summer
  • It may be elusive or hidden. People may wish to disregard it. But there is such a thing as truth
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • ...the longed-for white heron was elusive,
    Sarah Jewett  --  A White Heron
  • So you’re going to marry the elusive and powerful Roarke.
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • The elusive rain shuts off suddenly, like the storm did last year in the arena.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • They argued for a short while and fell into silence again, and the elusive dance rose and fell with the wind.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • Elusive as they are, they are the only weapon the Scholars have.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • In Danbury I had learned to hasten the days by chasing the enjoyment in them, no matter how elusive.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • But the answer remained maddeningly elusive.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • She was elusive.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Stargirl
  • The elusive Dorian boy, I presume.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • She wants to help Vivian find some kind of peace, elusive and fleeting as it may be.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • But the victory, if one could call it that, was ephemeral and elusive, a brief and strident shout atop a mountain that was more noise than substance, more smoke than flames.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Besides, even as I set these reservations down, I sense an urgency, an elusive meaning in this experience and its desperate eroticism by which at least there may be significant things to be said about that sexually bedeviled era.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Wild things are elusive and wily and look out for themselves.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • The rayon and linen strips I was working with were irritatingly elusive in the dark.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • The meaning of his life was an elusive seam of water hundreds of feet below the surface, and he would periodically drop a bucket down the well, fill it, bring it up and drink from it.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • In knowing that the answers may be elusive, but they could be found.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • Sleep was elusive.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • But he was always elusive.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • Researchers raced to find what they believed to be the elusive cancer virus, with hopes of developing a vaccine to prevent it.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
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Associated words [difficulty]:   elusive [2] , elude [3] , elude [3] , delude [1] , elude [3] , elude [3] , illusive [8]
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