flee Definition

  • 1run away from a place or situation of danger
  • 2escape from someone or something

Using flee: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "flee" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The robbers fled the scene before the police arrived.

  • Example

    She fled from her abusive husband and started a new life.

  • Example

    The refugees fled their war-torn country in search of safety.

  • Example

    The animals fled the forest fire.

flee Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for flee

Antonyms for flee

Idioms Using flee

  • make one's hair stand on end

    cause extreme fear or horror


    The sound of the lion's roar made our hair stand on end, and we fled in terror.

  • take to one's heels

    run away quickly, especially to escape danger or trouble


    When they saw the angry mob approaching, they took to their heels and fled the scene.

  • cut and run

    abruptly leave a difficult or dangerous situation without taking responsibility


    He cut and run when he realized that his plan had failed, leaving his team to deal with the consequences.

Phrases with flee

  • flee for one's life

    run away as fast as possible to avoid being killed or harmed


    The villagers had to flee for their lives when the volcano erupted.

  • run away to avoid being caught and punished by the law


    The criminal fled from justice and was on the run for years.

  • leave home to live independently, especially when young


    After finishing college, she decided to flee the nest and move to a big city.

Origins of flee

from Old English 'fleón', meaning 'take flight'


Summary: flee in Brief

'Flee' [fliː] means to run away from danger or escape from someone or something. It can be used in various contexts, such as fleeing from a crime scene or fleeing a war-torn country. Phrases like 'flee for one's life' and 'flee from justice' add specific meanings, while idioms like 'make one's hair stand on end' and 'cut and run' convey extreme fear and irresponsibility, respectively.

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