One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(originally of a convict) run away; go to live in the wild.‘the start of the war saw him take to the bush’
- ‘I got among bad companions and took to the bush.’
- ‘She took to the bush with the other Tasmanians.’
- ‘The women had been warned that rebels were coming to seize them and took to the bush.’
- ‘Knowing himself outcast, he took to the bush.’
- ‘He met the couple who took to the bush in an ageing van.’
- ‘Many youths have taken to the bush to avoid forced recruitment.’
- ‘He escaped from them and took to the bush.’
- ‘I used to spend a lot of time trying to keep up with the boys, who would often take to the bush.’
- ‘He was a keen bow-hunter and fisherman who would take to the bush for weeks on end.’
- ‘He takes to the bush after attracting the hostility of polite society.’
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