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

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 What the Balkins wound up seeing was a hilarious soon-to-be viral video of their twins demonstrating some impressive (and adorable) escape artist skills. Caralynn Lippo, Redbook, "Watch These Mischievous Toddler Twins Have An Adorable All-Night Slumber Party While They Should Be Sleeping," 20 Mar. 2017 The great escape artist is even name-dropped in the show - a thrilling mix of large-scale illusions, comedy and mind-reading. Laura Demarco,, "Champions of Magic add shows at Playhouse Square," 30 Dec. 2017 After checking her over thoroughly, volunteers determined the amateur escape artist was unhurt, and moved her to a kennel that can contain her mighty super powers. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Adorable Beagle Puppy’s Daring Escape Goes Viral," 1 Dec. 2017 On camera, anyone can be made to look like an escape artist. Jackson Landers, Smithsonian, "Escape Artist Harry Houdini Was an Ingenious Inventor, He Just Didn’t Want Anybody to Know," 9 Jan. 2017

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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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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