Share this entry

Share this page

Houdini, Harry

Syllabification: Hou·di·ni, Harry
Pronunciation: /ho͞oˈdēnē
 
/

Definition of Houdini, Harry in English:

1 ( 1874–1926), US magician and escape artist; born in Hungary; born Erik Weisz. In the early 1900s, he became known for his ability to escape from all kinds of bonds and containers, from prison cells to aerially suspended straitjackets.
1.1 [as noun] A person skilled at escaping: you’re a regular Houdini
More example sentences
  • People call him a ‘lucky’ Prime Minister, and if they mean that, Houdini like, he gets out of tight corners, like the knife-edge vote on university top-up fees, then they're right.
  • Houdini to the end, he'll leave office more popular than ever.
  • And he's a regular Houdini. He can get out of that thing in just a few minutes.
1.2An ingenious escape: he will have to do a Houdini to escape from me
More example sentences
  • ‘Thankfully, we got our act together to give ourselves this chance and hopefully now with our support behind us we can do a Houdini and retain our status,’ said Quinlan.
  • I wonder if they'll let me do a Houdini and board the plane in a straitjacket and watertank?
  • Any creature captured then put on public exhibition will do a Houdini and terrorize the town.

Definition of Houdini, Harry in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day peart
Pronunciation: pɪət
adjective
lively; cheerful