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The area of North America west of the Rocky Mountains.
An escape across the Pacific Ocean to avoid arrest.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Penny Cyclopaedia. From Pacific + slope<br>early 20th century. From Pacific + slope, with pun on Pacific slope.
Pacific slope/pəˌsɪfɪk ˈsləʊp/
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