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Page 23 of Digital Fortress by Dan Brown mentioned this,

Their courtship was slow and romantic — stolen escapes whenever their schedules permitted...?

I would like to know what is the meaning of "stolen escapes"?

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Aside from the obvious meaning of taking someone else's property without their permission, to steal can also mean doing something surreptitiously.

surreptitiously: In a way that attempts to avoid notice or attention; secretively.

In this case, the couple surreptitiously escapes from their surroundings to spend time together.

  • Thank you, now it can make sense, is "escapes",here , a noun? – Bavyan Yaldo Oct 15 '17 at 9:58
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    @BavyanYaldo Yes it is. Here is a good definition for this usage: An act of breaking free from confinement or control. – Wottensprels Oct 15 '17 at 10:00

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