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slip away

Definition of slip away in English:

1Depart without saying goodbye; leave quietly or surreptitiously.
Example sentences
  • Still, even those who seemed to have turned up with the intention of staying for an hour or so and then quietly slipping away, stayed till the end and cheered the winners.
  • ‘Please excuse me, sirs,’ Julian said quietly, then slipped away as discreetly as he could.
  • Fadran slipped away quietly, and Cora and Arlan did not notice.
1.1Slowly disappear; recede or dwindle: his ability to concentrate is slipping away
More example sentences
  • Uncle Matt explains as his patience slowly slips away.
  • Philadelphia looks to be realizing their chances at winning a pennant, and much less a division, are slowly slipping away, and are currently executing the now or never approach.
  • ‘Our town is slowly slipping away,’ Harlan says, ticking off the businesses that have closed in recent years.
1.2Die peacefully (used euphemistically): he lay there and quietly slipped away
More example sentences
  • His family tended to his every need as he slipped away, peacefully, at his home early on Thursday morning after an eight-year battle with cancer.
  • As the sun was shining on the morning of Thursday, April 1, 2004, Ed's life peacefully slipped away.
  • But why should anyone have to resort to suicide alone rather than a controlled death administered by a doctor so that they can slip away peacefully surrounded by their relatives?
Synonyms
die, pass away, pass on, expire, breathe one's last, go, go to meet one's maker, shuffle off this mortal coil, go to one's last resting place, go the way of all flesh, cross the Styx
North American informal check out, hand in one's dinner pail
Australian/New Zealand informal go bung
archaic decease, depart this life, exit
2 (also slip by) (Of time) elapse: the night was slipping away
More example sentences
  • Soon, all but the steersmen and watchmen were asleep, and the dark passage of the night slipped by, quiet, watchful, and mysterious.
  • Scenery and time slipped by as we passed through centuries of village and seacoast life.
  • The days seemed long, the nights so short and time slipped by so fast
Synonyms
pass, elapse, go by/past, roll by/past, glide by/past, slide by/past, fly by/past, steal by/past, tick by/past, wear on
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