sauve qui peut

/ French (sov ki pø) /

noun

a state of panic or disorder; rout

Word Origin for sauve qui peut

literally: save (himself) who can
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Examples from the Web for sauve qui peut

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

    The French Revolution|Thomas Carlyle
  • 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
  • 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