1 getting away from a place
ADJ. attempted | successful | great one of the greatest escapes of all time
VERB + ESCAPE effect, make, make good He made his escape through the window. I found an open door and made good my escape. | plan | foil, prevent
ESCAPE + NOUN attempt, bid | route
PREP. ~ from his escape from the prison camp
PHRASES a means/way of escape She looked round for a means of escape. | a possibility of escape There was clearly no possibility of escape.
2 avoiding sth unpleasant or boring
ADJ. close, narrow, near | lucky, miraculous, remarkable A driver had a lucky escape after a brick was dropped on his car from an overhead bridge.
VERB + ESCAPE have
PREP. ~ from He had a narrow escape from gunfire.
ADV. narrowly They narrowly escaped being killed in the fire. | not entirely The head of department cannot entirely escape responsibility for this situation.
VERB + ESCAPE cannot/could not | be impossible to | attempt to, try to | manage to | let sb It was stupid of Lee to let them escape. | help sb (to)
PREP. from to escape from prison | into They escaped into the forest. | to The family escaped to England. | with Thieves escaped with property worth over £5,000.
PHRASES escape alive Only two of the men escaped alive. | escape sb's clutches He had managed to escape the clutches of the police yet again. | escape unharmed/unhurt/uninjured/unscathed, escape with your life She was very lucky to escape with her life.