- to run away from (a place, person, etc.).
Origin of flee
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Examples from the Web for flees
But he loses his backpack in the process and it stays with the cops as he flees down the walkway toward Brooklyn.Protesters Slimed This Good Samaritan Cop
December 16, 2014
Rick flees the underworld, in this case the prison, and returns to the world as a hero.The Walking Dead’s Luke Skywalker: Rick Grimes Is the Perfect Modern-Day Mythical Hero
October 28, 2014
To try to find some happy ending, in a way, falsifies, flees from the reality.Ron Rosenbaum on Hitler, Hollywood, and Quantifying Evil
July 26, 2014
In the wild, killer whales vie for dominance but the subdominant animal then flees the scene and the conflict subsides.‘Blackfish’ Director: Killer Whales Don’t Belong in Captivity
October 24, 2013
But their attempts to outrun his Secret Service detail end in disaster when Finn hits a woman and flees the scene.‘Mad Men,’ ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘The Americans’: Reading Prestige TV Dramas as YA Fiction
April 10, 2013
When the emotion is in full flood, the animal fights, flees, or faints.Evolution in Modern Thought
He rushes at Villain, who flees and scales the park railings.
Occasionally we may start up a deer that flees away from us like the wind.Conservation Reader
Harold W. Fairbanks
Like a bird that flees from a hawk, he has fallen into the hand of the fowler.The Little Clay Cart
(Attributed To) King Shudraka
It flees from men, knowing that they regard it with aversion.Spiritual Torrents
Jeanne Marie Bouvires de la Mot Guyon
- to run away from (a place, danger, etc); flyto flee the country
- (intr) to run or move quickly; rush; speedshe fled to the door
- a Scot word for fly 1
- a Scot word for fly 2
Word Origin and History for flees
Old English fleon "take flight, fly from, avoid, escape" (contracted class II strong verb; past tense fleah, past participle flogen), from Proto-Germanic *thleukhanan (cf. Old High German fliohan, Old Norse flöja, Old Frisian flia, Dutch vlieden, German fliehen, Gothic þliuhan "to flee"), of unknown origin. Not found outside Germanic.
Weak past tense and past participle fled emerged Middle English, under influence of Scandinavian. Old English had a transitive form, geflieman "put to flight," which came in handy in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. Related: Fleeing.