escape artist


Definition of escape artist

: someone (such as a performer or criminal) unusually adept at escaping from confinement

Examples of escape artist in a Sentence

Harry Houdini became famous as an escape artist.
Recent Examples on the Web The touring show featuring stunt performers, escape artists and other acts with talents that defy reason will be at the Fox for three shows this weekend. Greg Crawford,, "Detroit's Top 10: Cool things to do this weekend, including Pete Davidson, Willow and Jaden Smith, Eric D'Alessandro," 27 Nov. 2019 At its forefront are folks like these, escape artists who, undeterred by borders and budgets, are making cultural connections all over the globe. Sarah Greaves-gabbadon, Essence, "4 Jetsetters Share What It's Like To Be Young, Traveled and Black," 19 Nov. 2019 From the outset, Haynes was a sort of escape artist, compulsively immersing himself in art. John Lahr, The New Yorker, "Todd Haynes Rewrites the Hollywood Playbook," 4 Nov. 2019 Micale Cunningham, the escape artist formerly known as Malik, seized control of the Cardinals’ offense and led U of L to within one win of bowl eligibility in a 28-21 victory over Virginia at soggy Cardinal Stadium. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Despite Micale Cunningham's stellar play, Louisville seems content with 2-QB system," 27 Oct. 2019 Amenities: Both yards have double-gated entries, which helps inhibit escape artists. Kathleen Christiansen,, "Paw Park: Sanford spot draws inspiration from dogs," 13 Aug. 2019 Tegus are skilled escape artists, Carlow says, and this is hardly the first time one has gotten loose in Massachusetts. Annie Roth, National Geographic, "Why you should never release exotic pets into the wild," 3 July 2019 His handlers named him Frank Lee for another noted escape artist, Frank Lee Morris, one of three convicts who managed to break out of Alcatraz prison in 1962. Zolan Kanno-youngs, WSJ, "Escape From New York: Slaughterhouse Refugees Have a Country Place," 1 Oct. 2018 Como, the once maniacal, me-hating escape artist, settled into a serene and even affectionate middle age, his morning bed visits and metronomic tail wags for food and walks and nightly treats a steady backbeat to our empty-nest life. Steven Winn,, "A loving family remembers the zeitgeist of Como the dog," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of escape artist

1943, in the meaning defined above

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30 Nov 2019

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“Escape artist.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of escape artist

: a person (such as an entertainer) who is good at escaping

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