Definition of take wing in English:

take wing

phrase

  • 1(of a bird, insect, or other winged creature) fly away.

    • ‘The ducks took wing, the multi-hued wading birds waddled off, and the once ubiquitous bass abandoned their breeding grounds in the former river basin - much to the dismay of hunters and sport fishermen.’
    • ‘One evening, just as a superb, palest grey cock hen-harrier drifted into view above the reeds, two merlins took wing.’
    • ‘Opening with a shot of a magnificent bald eagle taking wing over the vast conifer forests of Alaska, the film rapidly slides into a ‘do it by numbers’ action thriller and the cliches come thick and fast.’
    • ‘On such an evening the local bat population takes wing, hundreds of them, feeding on the rising midges.’
    • ‘The crow preened its feathers and took wing again, gliding away into the trees.’
    • ‘My foot encountered a twig, and it snapped loudly in my hearing, causing a flock of black creatures that had been roosting in a neighboring tree to take wing.’
    • ‘But the birds always acted independently and never took wing together.’
    • ‘Suddenly and for no apparent reason all these wigeon took wing accompanied by a wild chorus and a mighty roar of wings.’
    • ‘Families of busy mynahs chirruped, foraged for grasshoppers, and then trilled when they took wing as we approached.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, overhead, several woodcreepers cling to tree trunks, ready to snatch insects that take wing to avoid being trampled.’
    1. 1.1Depart swiftly; flee.
      ‘Louise took wing for America’
      • ‘This equates to approximately half the turnover of the world music industry - in a year before file trading took wing.’
      • ‘It was here, amid the wilderness of the Forest of Dean (the inspiration for the Forbidden Forest) that Rowling's imagination took wing.’
      • ‘It originated in an alley as a free street entertainment of Hamlet being played in half an hour and the idea took wing from there and developed into the fastest and funniest show that you can see now.’
      • ‘The Goldie perception - as epitomised by her statement above - is that Toryism must somehow mould itself to a flawed governmental system, instead of taking wing, asserting its principles and offering Scotland an alternative vision.’
      • ‘But it is in the encounter between Beauty and Beast that the story takes wing.’
      • ‘But it was when she first introduced him to opera that his interest really took wing and became a passion.’
      • ‘Novelist and aesthetician, she lived in her mother's Florentine villa with her, but took wing for a season each year to spend some time in London, where she was an accepted figure on the literary scene.’
      • ‘In Josette Bushell-Mingo's production the numbers are beautifully staged and Paul J Medford's choreography takes wing.’
      • ‘Private equity may be the only route for some start-ups or expansions, and angels would like to see more projects take wing, because that's how they make money.’
      • ‘Get users, not geeks, to design the interface, and the project will take wing.’