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elude
used in The Great Gatsby

2 meanings, 5 uses
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1  —2 uses as in:
she eluded the police
Definition
to avoid, or get away from, or remain out of reach
in various senses, including:
  • "She eluded the police."
  • "She eluded danger and finally arrived safely at home."
  • "Success has eluded me."
  • "She always messes up, but some how eludes taking responsibility."
  • Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter — tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther... and one fine morning —
    p. 180.9
eluded = remained out of reach
  • 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.
    p. 50.9
eluding = avoiding (getting away from)
There are no more uses of "elude" flagged with this meaning in The Great Gatsby.

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2  —3 uses as in:
your point eludes me
Definition
to escape understanding (not understand)
  • — and suddenly I remembered the story about her that had eluded me that night at Daisy's.
    p. 57.7
eluded = escaped memory (couldn't be remembered)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • 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.
    p. 50.0
  • eluded = was not understood by
  • 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.
    p. 126.2
eludes = escapes memory (can't be remembered)
There are no more uses of "elude" flagged with this meaning in The Great Gatsby.

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