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elusive

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Definition difficult to get a hold of

(mentally such as a memory or description; or externally such as an achievement or physical capture)
  • A permanent solution has proven elusive, but we expect to have one by the end of the month.
elusive = difficult to get a hold of

(mentally such as a memory or description; or externally such as an achievement or physical capture)
  • 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
  • an elusive animal
  • Atticus paused, watching me locate an elusive redbug on my leg.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • elusive = difficult to get a hold of
  • In Swansboro, Officer Jennifer Romanello spent the evening learning what she could about the elusive Robert Bonham.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Guardian
  • elusive = difficult to get a hold of
  • 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
  • elusive = difficult to get a hold of
  • There— she had it, an elusive slip of memory.
    Jane Yolen  --  The Devils Arithmetic
  • elusive = difficult to get a hold of
  • ...the longed-for white heron was elusive,
    Sarah Jewett  --  A White Heron
  • elusive = difficult to get a hold of
  • All these things were slippery and elusive.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • elusive = difficult to get a hold of
  • Everything was so pleasant that my thoughts just floated, light and elusive, in my head.
    Maureen Daly  --  Seventeenth Summer
  • elusive = difficult to get a hold of
  • I wish I were with you now, holding your hand and watching for your elusive smile.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John
  • elusive = difficult to get a hold of
  • the mysterious Scarlet Pimpernel had proved elusive once more;
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • elusive = difficult to capture
  • 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
  • elusive = difficult to get a hold of
  • ...and after days and nights of discussion, chasing this elusive hope or that, ...
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • elusive = unachievable
  • his elusive friend Jason Bourne
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • elusive = hard to find (difficult to get a hold of)
  • 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
  • elusive = difficult to catch
  • it was owned by elusive mega-millionaire Horace Derwent,
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • elusive = difficult to get a hold of
  • The fox-faced girl from District 5 sly and elusive.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
elusive = difficult to find or catch

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