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 contest also escalated a growing feud between two famous friends: renowned magician and escape artist Harry Houdini and Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle. Katherine Harmon Courage, Scientific American, "Scientific American vs. the Supernatural," 18 Aug. 2020 The original Houdini was a legendary escape artist, but our specialty was letting few things leave. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, "The End of Minimalism," 8 June 2020 In addition to Blaque, boy group Collabro, singer Puddles Pity Party, mentalist Oz Pearlman, singer Luke Islam and escape artist Spencer Horsman all were all cut from the competition. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "'AGT: The Champions': Simon Cowell steals Howie Mandel's Golden Buzzer, dangerous act stopped," 15 Jan. 2020 CIM Sessions This series from the Catalina Island Museum continues with a livestreamed talk by Houdini expert John Cox, who consulted on the museum’s 2018 exhibition celebrating the magician and escape artist. Matt Cooper, Los Angeles Times, "Michael Urie at home, channeling Barbra Streisand: Your weekend quarantine must-watch," 18 Apr. 2020 No one has any idea how the pup ended up in a shelter 1,700 miles away, but Mathis provided records and photos showing that the little escape artist, known as Day Day at the Florida shelter where she's being held, was in fact her Hazel. Aj Willingham, CNN, "What a great week for rescue pets!," 7 Feb. 2020 Their escape artist routine triggered baboon sightings around the hospital. Melissa Locker, Time, "Today in Monkey Business, Let's Follow the Escapades of This Trio of Baboons Who Escaped," 25 Feb. 2020 Chew-happy dogs can be destructive and highly effective escape artists. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Things to Look for in a Good Dog Kennel," 2 Aug. 2019 Though some claim Houdini was murdered, Posnanski suspects the escape artist was probably already suffering from appendicitis when he was punched. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Houdini spent 4 years in Milwaukee, where he delivered the Daily Journal and learned how to hold his breath in the Milwaukee River," 10 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of escape artist

1943, in the meaning defined above

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“Escape artist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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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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