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[flahyt] /flaɪt/
noun
1.
an act or instance of fleeing or running away; hasty departure.
Idioms
2.
put to flight, to force to flee or run away; rout:
She succeeded in putting the intruder to flight.
3.
take flight, to retreat; run away; flee:
The wild animals took flight before the onrushing fire.
Also, take to flight.
Origin
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English; cognate with German Flucht; akin to flee
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British Dictionary definitions for take flight

flight1

/flaɪt/
noun
1.
the act, skill, or manner of flying
2.
a journey made by a flying animal or object
3.
  1. a scheduled airline journey
  2. an aircraft flying on such a journey
4.
a group of flying birds or aircraft: a flight of swallows
5.
the basic tactical unit of a military air force
6.
a journey through space, esp of a spacecraft
7.
rapid movement or progress
8.
a soaring mental journey above or beyond the normal everyday world: a flight of fancy
9.
  1. a single line of hurdles across a track in a race
  2. a series of such hurdles
10.
a bird's wing or tail feather; flight feather
11.
a feather or plastic attachment fitted to an arrow or dart to give it stability in flight
12.
13.
the distance covered by a flight arrow
14.
(sport) especially (cricket)
  1. a flighted movement imparted to a ball, dart, etc
  2. the ability to flight a ball
15.
(angling) a device on a spinning lure that revolves rapidly
16.
a set of steps or stairs between one landing or floor and the next
17.
a large enclosed area attached to an aviary or pigeon loft where the birds may fly but not escape
verb
18.
(transitive) (sport) to cause (a ball, dart, etc) to float slowly or deceptively towards its target
19.
(intransitive) (of wild fowl) to fly in groups
20.
(transitive) to shoot (a bird) in flight
21.
(transitive) to fledge (an arrow or a dart)
Word Origin
Old English flyht; related to Middle Dutch vlucht, Old Saxon fluht

flight2

/flaɪt/
noun
1.
the act of fleeing or running away, as from danger
2.
put to flight, to cause to run away; rout
3.
take flight, take to flight, to run away or withdraw hastily; flee
Word Origin
Old English flyht (unattested); related to Old Frisian flecht, Old High German fluht, Old Norse flōtti
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Word Origin and History for take flight

flight

n.

"act of flying," Old English flyht "a flying, flight," from Proto-Germanic *flukhtiz (cf. Dutch vlucht "flight of birds," Old Norse flugr, Old High German flug, German Flug "flight"), from root of *fleugan "to fly" (see fly (v.1)).

Spelling altered late 14c. from Middle English fliht (see fight (v.)). Meaning "an instance of flight" is 1785, originally of ballooning. Meaning "series of stairs between landings" is from 1703.

"act of fleeing," from Middle English fluht (c.1200), not found in Old English, but presumed to have existed. Related to Old English fleon "flee" (see flee), and cognate with Old Saxon fluht, Old Frisian flecht "act of fleeing," Dutch vlucht, Old High German fluht, German Flucht, Old Nprse flotti, Gothic þlauhs.

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Slang definitions & phrases for take flight

flight

noun

A hallucinogenic drug experience; trip (1960s+Narcotics)


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Idioms and Phrases with take flight

take flight

Also, take wing. Run away, flee, go away, as in When the militia arrived, the demonstrators took flight, or The tenant took wing before paying the rent. The first idiom derives from the earlier take one's flight, dating from the late 1300s, and was first recorded in 1435. The variant was first recorded in 1704.

flight

In addition to the idioms beginning with flight
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