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Meaning of escape artist

escape' art"ist

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. an entertainer expert in getting out of handcuffs, ropes, chains, trunks, or other confining devices.
  2. an inmate of a prison who has a reputation for being able to escape confinement.
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