slip through one's fingers

Definition of slip through one's fingers

:to pass without being taking advantage of
  • We didn't want to let the opportunity slip through our fingers.

Word by Word Definitions

slip play
  1. : to move with a smooth sliding motion

  2. : to move quietly and cautiously : steal

  3. : elapse, pass

  1. : a sloping ramp extending out into the water to serve as a place for landing or repairing ships

  2. : a ship's or boat's berth between two piers

  3. : the act or an instance of departing secretly or hurriedly

  1. : a small shoot or twig cut for planting or grafting : scion

  2. : descendant, offspring

  3. : a long narrow strip of material

  1. : to take cuttings from (a plant) : divide into slips

  1. : a mixture of finely divided clay and water used especially by potters (as for casting or decorating wares or in cementing separately formed parts)

finger play fingers
  1. : any of the five terminating members of the hand : a digit of the forelimb

  2. : something that resembles a finger

  3. : a part of a glove into which a finger is inserted

  1. : to touch or feel with the fingers

  2. : to play (a musical instrument) with the fingers

  3. : to play (notes, chords, etc.) with a specific fingering


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