Definition of escape the clutches (or grip) of in English:

escape the clutches (or grip) of


  • Break free from the control or grasp of.

    ‘thank heavens she'd escaped his clutches in time’
    • ‘A man held hostage in a bedsit for more than 10 days was free last night after escaping the clutches of a gunman.’
    • ‘Two sisters who escaped the clutches of the Nazis in wartime Czechoslovakia and then Hungary were living 85 miles apart in northern Israel, each not knowing that the other had survived.’
    • ‘A quick-witted charity worker escaped the clutches of telephone tricksters following a warning from his residents' association.’
    • ‘It is thought one of the would-be bombers escaped the clutches of police and passers-by after a chase outside a tube station in south London.’
    • ‘An 11-year-old girl escaped the clutches of a would-be kidnapper when a police car passed by chance.’
    • ‘Every child in Britain is to be given a crash course in how to escape the clutches of chat room paedophiles, under plans revealed yesterday.’
    • ‘The days of desperately trying to escape the clutches of some crashing bore in the corner of a nightclub are long gone.’
    • ‘He spoke of his relief at escaping the clutches of Hurricane Ivan.’