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Take flight   /teɪk flaɪt/   Listen
Take flight

Run away quickly.  Synonyms: flee, fly.

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"Take flight" Quotes from Famous Books

... them light, with faces bright As pansies or a new coin'd florin, And up the sunless stair take flight, Close-pack'd as rabbits in a warren. Honour the Brave, who in that stress Still trod not ...
— Fly Leaves • C. S. Calverley

... quantity, to hull them one by one, and convey them up to his fifth-story chamber! He is not confined to the woods, but is quite as common in the fields, particularly in the fall, amid the corn and potatoes. When routed by the plow, I have seen the old one take flight with half a dozen young hanging to her teats, and with such reckless speed that some of the young would lose their hold and fly off amid the weeds. Taking refuge in a stump with the rest of her family, the anxious ...
— In the Catskills • John Burroughs

... new head grew, and many more, so that Tabdjeh became afraid and fled, with antoh running after him. He lost his parang, then, after a while, he stopped and took sticks to strike antoh with, but every time he struck the stick was wrested from him, and he had to take flight again. ...
— Through Central Borneo: - An Account of Two Years' Travel in the Land of Head-Hunters - Between the Years 1913 and 1917 • Carl Lumholtz

... Olaf said; "Never shall men of mine take flight; Never away from battle I fled, Never away from my foes! Let God dispose Of my life ...
— Tales of a Wayside Inn • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

... perceived them she started to her feet, and without waiting to put on her shoes or gather up her hair, hastily snatched up a bundle as though of clothes that she had beside her, and, scared and alarmed, endeavoured to take flight; but before she had gone six paces she fell to the ground, her delicate feet being unable to bear the roughness of the stones; seeing which, the three hastened towards her, and the curate addressing ...
— Don Quixote • Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

... Allhallow-time, or on the Hallow-eve itself, month ci-devant November, year once named of Grace 1794, sad eve for Jacobinism,—volley of stones dashing through our windows, with jingle and execration! The female Jacobins, famed Tricoteuses with knitting-needles, take flight; are met at the doors by a Gilt Youthhood and 'mob of four thousand persons;' are hooted, flouted, hustled; fustigated, in a scandalous manner, cotillons retrousses;—and vanish in mere hysterics. Sally out ye male Jacobins! ...
— The French Revolution • Thomas Carlyle

... the young man with exemplary chastisement if he did not leave Miette alone. But Justin, although he retreated, declared that he was not afraid of them. It was just at this moment that Silvere came up. Young Rebufat, on catching sight of him, made a sudden bound, as if to take flight; for he was afraid of him, knowing that he was much stronger than himself. He could not, however, resist the temptation to cast a parting insult on the girl ...
— The Fortune of the Rougons • Emile Zola

... nerveless. Its shrill scream seems yet to linger in its throat, and the roar of the sea in its wings. There is the tyranny of Jove in its claws, and his wrath in the erectile feathers of the head and neck. It reminds me of the Argonautic expedition, and would inspire the dullest to take flight over Parnassus. ...
— Excursions • Henry D. Thoreau

... his lean, long figure bent forward like a bird about to take flight, stared into the darkness ahead of the boat with his hawk eyes, and turning his rapacious, hooked nose from side to side, gripped with one hand the rudder handle, while with the other he twirled his mustache, ...
— Creatures That Once Were Men • Maxim Gorky

... and holding a feast that should cause him to be remembered ever afterwards for boundless hospitality. Just at this time came Helge and Halfdan with their sister Ingeborg to visit him. Then indeed did Frithiof's gloom take flight as he sat by Ingeborg's side or with her roamed the woods and fields, living over again the days of their happy comradeship and building hopes for an even happier reunion in the future. In renewing their love, they had secretly become betrothed, and thus the ...
— Journeys Through Bookland V3 • Charles H. Sylvester

... first street, the scaffold came in sight; the condemned man raised his hands towards heaven, and exclaimed in a cheerful voice, while a smile lit up his face, "Courage, my soul! I see thy place of triumph, whence, released from earthly bonds, thou shah take flight to heaven." ...
— Massacres Of The South (1551-1815) - Celebrated Crimes • Alexandre Dumas, Pere

Words linked to "Take flight" :   fly the coop, break loose, scat, go off, defect, get away, hightail it, flee, run away, stampede, scarper, turn tail, lam, take to the woods, bolt, break, bunk, abscond, head for the hills, decamp, run off, desert, run, break away, make off, elope, absquatulate, high-tail, fly, escape

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