take flight

verb
run away quickly
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He threw down his gun and fled

Syn: ↑flee, ↑fly
Derivationally related forms: ↑flight (for: ↑flee), ↑fleer (for: ↑flee)
Hypernyms:
Hyponyms:
break, ↑stampede, ↑abscond, ↑bolt, ↑absquatulate, ↑decamp, ↑run off, ↑go off, ↑make off, ↑elope, ↑escape, ↑get away, ↑break loose, ↑high-tail, ↑defect, ↑desert
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s

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Somebody ——s PP

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FLEE, run (away/off), run for it, make a run for it, be gone, make off, take off, take to one's heels, make a break for it, bolt, beat a (hasty) retreat, make a quick exit, make one's getaway, escape; informal beat it, clear off/out, vamoose, skedaddle, split, leg it, turn tail, scram; Brit. informal scarper; N. Amer. informal light out, bug out, cut out, peel out; Austral. informal shoot through; archaic fly.
flight

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take flight phrase
to run away, or to try to escape

Suddenly the herd of antelope took flight.

Thesaurus: to escape from a place or situationsynonym to runsynonym
Main entry: flight

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1) (of a bird) take off and fly

the whole flock took flight | figurative my celebrityhood took flight

2) flee

noise that would prompt a spooked horse to take flight

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take flight
1 : to leave or run away from danger

Fearing arrest, they took flight and hid in the mountains.

2 US : to begin flying

The bird took flight [=took wing] when we tried to approach it.

3 US : to begin a period of rapid activity, development, or growth

The idea really took flight [=took off] and soon it seemed everyone was copying it.

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Main Entry:flight

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take ˈflight idiom
to run away

The gang took flight when they heard the police car.

Main entry:flightidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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