Escape, to elude danger. A dashing term that exhibits a sense of adventure on its own.
Back in the good ol’ days, swords were used to settle arguments and capes were more than a dashing fashion accessory. Fighting was done without much sense of honor. Biting, backstabbing, all sorts of dirty fighting was the method of the day. Even grabbing a hold of your opponents cape and tugging, causing them to fall off-balance and thus making an easy target was almost acceptable.
The only counter to that low down move was to slip out of your cape leaving your opponent empty-handed. The term “escape” comes from the Italian scappare (ex cappa, “out of cape”) and eventually became “escape”. Which actually if you say it right kind of makes sense.
With that in mind, I think we should bring back capes as part of everyday wear, but I may be alone in that.