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intr.v. e·loped, e·lop·ing, e·lopes
1. To run away with a lover, especially with the intention of getting married.
2. To run away; abscond.

[Perhaps Anglo-Norman aloper, to run away from one's husband with a lover, from Middle Dutch ontlopen, to run away : ont-, away from, along; see ant- in Indo-European roots + lopen, to run.]

e·lope′ment n.
e·lop′er n.
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Imaging being referred to by one of these metonyms: pooper, falling star, wanderer, screamer, feeder, eloper, wetter.
She reports his hands and wrists are bruised and scratched up from his handcuffs--unlike the eloper's from his alleged ordeal--and Jesus is shackled with handcuffs and additional cuffs on his ankles.
I was reminded of this last week when a Cardiff dev- eloper of wind turbines blamed what he called "the Taffia" for the delay in the grand design to cover the Welsh countryside with structures more than 110 metres tall.
Space constraints prevent me showing how extensive this range of possibilities becomes, but the list attached to the second word, escapee, exemplifies how unhelpful the coverage is in providing neutral alternatives for refugee: noun absconder from public labour, absconder into the woods, absentee, absentee into the woods, absentee without leave, escaper, fleer, prison-breaker runaway, bolter, breakaway, ladino, stampeder truant, eloper dodger, absconder, bilker, eluder fugitive, boat people, reffo, refugee
Door alarms have a twofold purpose -- to create a deterrent for the eloper and to notify staff.
With a registration plate of E10PER, Carlos has named his unique motor the Pink Eloper and hopes to attract some of the 4,000 gay couples who tie the knot in the capital every year.