1 getting away from a place

one of the greatest escapes of all time


the daring escape of a Resistance fighter from prison

hasty, quick

I made a hasty escape.

make, make good

He made his escape through the window.

I found an open door and made good my escape.


a group of slaves that attempted an escape

block, prevent

He stepped in front of me, blocking my escape.


The ground became swamped, allowing no escape.

attempt, bid (esp. BrE)
hatch, ladder, tunnel

Together they formulated an escape plan.

escape from

his escape from the prison camp

a means of escape, a way of escape

She looked around for a means of escape.

a possibility of escape

There was clearly no possibility of escape.

2 avoiding sth unpleasant or boring
close, narrow, near
lucky, miraculous, remarkable

A driver had a lucky escape after a brick was dropped on his car from a bridge.


young people's need for temporary escape from the demanding journey into adulthood

perfect, ultimate, welcome

For many, the ultimate escape is a tranquil beach filled with white sand.

plan, plot

Celine has been plotting her escape for months.

need, seek

city dwellers seeking escape from stress


Craig finds escape in dreams.

offer, provide

This play offered an escape from the everyday.

escape from

He had a narrow escape from gunfire.

barely, just, narrowly

They narrowly escaped being killed in the fire.

The survivors barely escape in whatever ships they can find.

not completely, not entirely, not fully

The head of department cannot entirely escape responsibility for this situation.


Apparently, they had escaped somehow and gotten home.


The city largely escaped bombing in the campaign.

eventually, finally

She eventually escaped to the US.


Tony may never escape his emotional struggle.


They're so small they can easily escape notice.

safely, successfully

pilots who successfully escaped while their aircraft was being shot down

be impossible to
be easy to

It was easy to escape in the confusion of the besieged city.

attempt to, seek to, try to
struggle to

He got hurt while struggling to escape.

hope to, want to, wish to

a lonely man who wants to escape his lifestyle

need to

I need to escape. I want to go away from here.

manage to
let sb

It was stupid of Lee to let them escape.

help sb (to)

to escape from prison


They escaped into the forest.


The family escaped to the West.


Thieves escaped with property worth over $5 000.


The driver escaped without injury.

escape alive

Only two of the men escaped alive.

escape sb's clutches

He had managed to escape the clutches of the police yet again.

escape from it all

We would always go there to escape from it all.

escape (sb's) notice

errors that had escaped my notice

escape unharmed, escape unhurt, escape uninjured, escape unscathed
escape with your life

She was very lucky to escape with her life.

Escape is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑cry, ↑fumes, ↑gasp, ↑inmate, ↑laugh, ↑sigh, ↑sob, ↑steam, ↑tear, ↑whimper, ↑word, ↑yawn
Escape is used with these nouns as the object: ↑annihilation, ↑arrest, ↑attention, ↑bankruptcy, ↑blame, ↑captivity, ↑capture, ↑censure, ↑clutch, ↑confinement, ↑confines, ↑conviction, ↑criticism, ↑danger, ↑death, ↑destiny, ↑destruction, ↑detection, ↑embrace, ↑execution, ↑extradition, ↑fate, ↑fighting, ↑grasp, ↑hell, ↑influence, ↑injury, ↑jail, ↑jaw, ↑justice, ↑massacre, ↑mind, ↑nightmare, ↑notice, ↑oppression, ↑penalty, ↑poverty, ↑predicament, ↑pressure, ↑prison, ↑prosecution, ↑punishment, ↑recession, ↑repression, ↑responsibility, ↑rigour, ↑scrutiny, ↑slavery, ↑tax, ↑throat, ↑torment, ↑trap, ↑tyranny, ↑worst, ↑wrath, ↑wreck

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