Flee(fl), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Fled (fld); p. pr. & vb. n. Fleeing.] [OE. fleon, fleen, AS. flen (imperf. fleh); akin to D. vlieden, OHG. & OS. fliohan, G. fliehen, Icel. flja (imperf. fli), Dan. flye, Sw. fly (imperf. flydde), Goth. liuhan. 84. Cf. Flight.] To run away, as from danger or evil; to avoid in an alarmed or cowardly manner; to hasten off; -- usually with from. This is sometimes omitted, making the verb transitive.
[He] cowardly fled, not having struck one stroke.Shak.
Flee fornication.1 Cor. vi. 18.
So fled his enemies my warlike father.Shak.
When great speed is to be indicated, we commonly use fly, not flee; as, fly hence to France with the utmost speed. "Whither shall I fly to 'scape their hands?"
Shak. See Fly,
v. i., 5.
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