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    "slide out from your ear"

    Can I say the earphone is sliding out from your ear?
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    Re: "slide out from your ear"

    Your earbud is slipping out of your ear would be more natural. If you're talking about an earphone that covers the ear, it might slip off of the ear.
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    Re: "slide out from your ear"

    In BrE, it would be "slip off the ear", not "off of" as shown in post #2.
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    Re: "slide out from your ear"

    slide out = slip off = slip out?
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    Re: "slide out from your ear"

    Quote Originally Posted by Polyester View Post
    slide out = slip off = slip out?
    If you're asking whether the three phrases are equivalent, the answer is no. You can look up what each of these phrasal verbs means to understand why not.
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    Re: "slide out from your ear"

    Earphones that cover the ear are not in the ear, so if they slip off, then it is not the same as earbuds.

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    Re: "slide out from your ear"

    Earphones/headphones go on/over the ears. Earbuds go in the ears. Only something "on" something can come "off" it. Only something "in" something can come "out of" it.

    Headphones/earphones (these can slip off the ears):
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    Earbuds (these can slide out of/slip out of the ears):
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