One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the prisoners got away’
escape, run away, run off, get out, break out, break free, get free, break loose, make a break for it, bolt, flee, fly, take flight, make off, take off, decamp, abscond, take to one's heels, make a escape, make one's escape, make good one's escape, make a getaway, make one's getaway, beat a hasty retreat, show a clean pair of heels, run for it, make a run for it
disappear, vanish, slip away, steal away, sneak away
get out of someone's clutches
informal do a bunk, do a moonlight flit, cut and run, skedaddle, skip, head for the hills, do a disappearing act, do a vanishing act, fly the coop, take French leave, scarper, vamoose, hightail it, leg it
British informal do a runner, hook it
North American informal take a powder, go on the lam
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