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British Dictionary definitions for sauve qui peut

sauve qui peut

noun
  1. a state of panic or disorder; rout

Word Origin

literally: save (himself) who can
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Examples from the Web for sauve qui peut

Historical Examples

  • Shriek may be of Sauve-qui-peut, but will also be of Vive-la-Republique.

    The French Revolution

    Thomas Carlyle

  • In fact, their attitude towards their would-be charmers had the character of a sauve-qui-peut.

    When Ghost Meets Ghost

    William Frend De Morgan

  • Before them, at close range, was a company breaking out of close order in a sauve-qui-peut rout up a reverse slope.

    The Last Shot

    Frederick Palmer

  • And in the sauve-qui-peut scramble there is rarely a regard for rank, the colonel counting for no more than the corporal.

    The Lone Ranche

    Captain Mayne Reid