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Allude or elude?

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If I allude to something I am referring to it in an indirect way by hinting, implying or intimating, for example:

I am alluding to a previous relationship.

To elude means to escape, avoid or evade, for example:

He always eludes the police.

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Written by Wordwatch

12/12/2009 at 12:46 pm

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