Definition of Houdini, Harry in English:

Houdini, Harry

proper noun

  • 1(1874–1926), Hungarian-born American magician and escape artist; born Erik Weisz. In the early 1900s he became famous for his ability to escape from all kinds of bonds and containers, from prison cells to aerially suspended straitjackets.

    1. 1.1as noun A person skilled at escaping.
      ‘you're a regular Houdini’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The man's a regular Houdini!’
      • ‘And he's a regular Houdini. He can get out of that thing in just a few minutes.’
    2. 1.2 An ingenious escape.
      ‘he will have to do a Houdini to escape from me’
      • ‘I wonder if they'll let me do a Houdini and board the plane in a straitjacket and watertank?’
      • ‘CB had 17 of the Pistons' 41 points at the half before pulling a Houdini and magically disappearing in the second half, registering just 1 lonely point.’
      • ‘We hope it's not a Houdini act - you see it today and it disappears in the next couple weeks.’
      • ‘Any creature captured then put on public exhibition will do a Houdini and terrorize the town.’
      • ‘Elizabeth's BFF constantly pulls a Houdini, disappearing on some adventure or another.’
      • ‘‘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.’

Pronunciation

Houdini, Harry

/huːˈdiːni/