from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Houdini, Harry 1874-1926. American magician known for his escapes from chains, handcuffs, straitjackets, and padlocked containers.
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- proper n. The magician and escape artist Harry Houdini.
- n. An escape artist.
- v. to appear, vanish, or escape a difficult situation quickly.
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- n. United States magician (born in Hungary) famous for his ability to escape from chains or handcuffs or straitjackets or padlocked containers (1874-1926)
Invented by Harry Houdini from the French magician Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin (Wiktionary)