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.

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And on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m., the escape artist Adam Rinn, a.k.a. Laurel Graeber, New York Times, "9 Things to Do With Your Kids in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 12 July 2018 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 Cats and dogs can be cunning escape artists, especially when an open door beckons. Karen Asp, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About How to Find a Lost Pet," 30 July 2018 During escape artist Lord Nil's underwater act, Mel B slammed the buzzer in the middle of his heart-pounding performance because she was stressed. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Why 'America's Got Talent' Fans Flipped Out at Mel B During Aaron Crow's Performance," 29 Aug. 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 That's pretty run-of-the-mill for a puppy, but the dog also became quite the escape artist. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "A Man Adopted a Free Puppy and Later Found Out It Was Actually a Wolf," 11 Oct. 2016 The escape artist continues to struggle with the pesky gate, sliding around on the floor like a toddler on ice skates. Alexis Hobbs, Woman's Day, "This Tiny Chihuahua Tackling a Gate is the Funniest Thing You'll See All Day," 10 Aug. 2015 An escape artist like DeRozan can only be as creative as his tools allow. Rob Mahoney,, "Breakaway: How DeMar DeRozan Keeps Defenses Guessing," 26 Feb. 2018

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1943, in the meaning defined above

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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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