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 Mischief seems to follow a sweet dog, and one Texas shelter is determined to find a loving home for the clever black and white escape artist. Tj MacIas, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 24 May 2024 Surrounded by the late, legendary escape artist’s lavish green gardens, Charli accepted one of the most prestigious awards of the night from veteran songwriter Paul Williams, president and chairman of the board for ASCAP. Thania Garcia, Variety, 9 May 2024 From a practical perspective, our parent tester also appreciated that the lowest mattress setting is lower than many other cribs, providing more security for kids who turn into escape artists in the middle of the night. Chaunie Brusie, Rn, Parents, 19 Apr. 2024 Octopuses are also keen escape artists and can adapt well to their surroundings. Clare Mulroy, USA TODAY, 4 Apr. 2024 To hear some tell it, her neighbors included the famous illusionist and escape artist Harry Houdini and his wife, Wilhelmina Beatrice Houdini. Louis Sahagún, Los Angeles Times, 27 Feb. 2024 The magician, escape artist and spiritualist debunker was added to the Walk of Fame in 1975, nearly a half-century after his death in 1926. Chris Foran, Journal Sentinel, 4 Jan. 2024 Anderson wondered what surroundings could contain a quantum escape artist. Charlie Wood, Quanta Magazine, 26 Feb. 2024 What does this Barbie-singer-podcaster have in common with famed escape artist Harry Houdini? Vulture, 9 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1906, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of escape artist was in 1906

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“Escape artist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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