slip away

To slip away is to quietly leave so that no one notices. If you're not a fan of birthday cake, you might try to slip away from your friend's party before dessert is served.

You can easily slip away from an extremely boring lecture if you're sitting in the back row. Or you might plan to slip away early from a baseball game, only to get so caught up in the excitement that you end up staying for all nine innings. Another meaning of slip away is "elapse" or "go by," like when a whole summer seems to slip away, and suddenly it's September.

Definitions of slip away
  1. verb
    leave furtively and stealthily
    synonyms: sneak away, sneak off, sneak out, steal away
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    type of:
    go away, go forth, leave
    go away from a place
  2. verb
    pass by
    synonyms: elapse, glide by, go along, go by, lapse, pass, slide by, slip by
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    types:
    fell, fly, vanish
    pass away rapidly
    type of:
    advance, go on, march on, move on, pass on, progress
    move forward, also in the metaphorical sense
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