Slip away – English Phrasal Verb – Online English Lessons

1. If time slips away it seems to pass quickly.


a) Time seems to slip away when you’re old.

b) You need to post your job application soon. Time is slipping away.

c) The weekend slipped away and soon it was Monday and time for work again.

2. If an opportunity or the possibility of winning or succeeding at something slips away, it disappears and is no longer available.

Examples of use:

a) His interview did not go well and his dreams of promotion slipped away.

b) News headline: Serena Williams lets big lead slip away at French Open.

c) I’m not going to let this opportunity to get tickets to see Take That slip away.

3. To slip away is to leave a place quietly and secretly without being seen.

See also steal away.

a) We slipped away from the party and went home.

b) News headline: Family angry as mum, 82, slips away from care home.

infinitive slip away
present simple slip away and slips away
-ing form slipping away
past simple slipped away
past participle slipped away

Can you use this phrasal verb in a sentence?

Have you ever slipped away from a college lecture or a party?

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