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Related Words for houdini

escapee, escapist, fugitive, runaway, Houdini, escapologist, evader

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  1. Harry, real name Ehrich Weiss. 1874–1926, US magician and escapologist
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Word Origin and History for houdini



"escape artist or other ingenious person," 1923, from Harry Houdini, professional name of U.S. escapist Erich Weiss (1874-1926).

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