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Ignoring the voters is an unaffordable luxury and a guarantee that power will remain elusive for many years to come. Times, Sunday Times (2016)That elusive first win league win for the Scot may be some way off yet. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Yet for many it can remain frustratingly elusive, especially at that critical moment when boldness is required. Times, Sunday Times (2016)This was a far more elusive experience. Times, Sunday Times (2011)And so the hunt for that elusive first gold continues. The Sun (2012)To gaze at our elusive past can seem an insufficient contribution in such circumstances. The Past is Before Us - feminism in action since the 1960s (1989)Yet they are elusive creatures and are rarely seen. The Sun (2006)She has the sort of elusive quality that fashion goes crazy for. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Stoke should be safe but need to find that elusive win to take them over the line. The Sun (2011)Was she an elusive and difficult person from his past? Times, Sunday Times (2006)Equal rights have been won but equal status and equal power remain far more elusive. Times, Sunday Times (2015)But there was always an elusive quality to her beauty. PERDITA: The Life of Mary Robinson (2004)Nor did we find our elusive wolf. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Comedy is a far more elusive skill. Tommy Cooper: Always Leave Them Laughing (2006)The longer you look at this image the more elusive it seems to grow. Times, Sunday Times (2014)The players should be aware that something is missing from their mix and search for that elusive quality. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Many who would benefit from the support and selfesteem boost of a stable partner find such comfort elusive. Times, Sunday Times (2013)The first is that it is very hard to get good scientific information about a creature as elusive as a marine mammal. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Things get clearer at the end, but a lot of evidence remains elusive. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Yesterday, you sensed he just wanted to protect his chance of winning that elusive first major. Times, Sunday Times (2010)It sounded pretty serious, but meaning remained stubbornly elusive. Times, Sunday Times (2006)He has gone close at the Festival but that elusive first winner still awaits. The Sun (2012)There is a long history of sightings of large, elusive creatures. Times, Sunday Times (2012)The real Thurman is far more elusive than that. Times, Sunday Times (2009)And as with all great works of art, its meaning was both obvious and rather difficult and elusive to explain. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Dinner remained elusive; instead, there were classes in setting traps and making fires. Times, Sunday Times (2016)
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Translations for 'elusive'
British English: elusive ADJECTIVE
Something or someone that is elusive is difficult to find, describe, remember, or achieve.
In the city late-night taxis are elusive and far from cheap.
Definition of elusive from the Collins English Dictionary
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