Definition of flight in English:

flight

noun

  • 1The action or process of flying through the air.

    ‘an eagle in flight’
    ‘the history of space flight’
    • ‘However, industry analysts believe that orbital flight will become a reality once suborbital flight is successfully established and seen to be profitable in the long term.’
    • ‘They are swift in flight, but are more commonly seen roosting or foraging on the ground.’
    • ‘We were being processed for flight by a talking orange.’
    • ‘They cover vast distances in an almost effortless gliding flight, sometimes swooping so low that the tips of their long narrow wings actually shear the waves.’
    • ‘Like an eagle in flight, the law is only stable when it moves.’
    • ‘Two sets of opposed muscles drive her flight like pistons, faster than nerves can work.’
    • ‘The camera is riveted on them, showing backs, heads and necks in never-ending flight.’
    • ‘But in every generation, it seems, they try, remembering not the fall, but the heady lift of flight, the eagle soaring by.’
    • ‘More impressive still is an eagle in flight, when its utter immensity seems almost prehistoric.’
    • ‘The flight of an eagle is a beautiful thing to watch: wings outspread, gliding and dipping, effortlessly riding invisible currents.’
    • ‘The fledgling landed, then began a careful advance toward the strange group, wings half open and muscles tensed for flight.’
    • ‘The contract was awarded to the Wright brothers and the military's journey into the era of flight began.’
    • ‘The birds, especially, would sit on the lawn in shock for a while, then suddenly remember the art of flight and flee as fast as they could.’
    • ‘I pause to flex my muscles and prepare for flight in case some sort of ghost or troglodyte bursts out to eat our bones or whatever part of us a ghost might eat.’
    • ‘At this point, it was blank, the flat screen only showing Krys's personal emblem, an eagle in flight over a galloping horse, on a field of sapphire.’
    • ‘I crouched, sniffing and listening, every muscle poised for flight.’
    • ‘As part of the Centennial of flight, the Ormand Flying Club is participating in the Young Eagles Program launched by the EAA in Wisconsin.’
    • ‘By studying the flight of birds and insects they hope to gain some useful tips that they can transfer to their design.’
    • ‘I would compare it, not to the butterfly's flitting, but to the eagle's swoop and soar in flight.’
    • ‘In flight, the swift is easily identified by its characteristic scythe-shaped wings, and it's screaming calls.’
    flying, soaring, gliding
    aviation, flying, air transport, aerial navigation, Aeronautics
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    1. 1.1 An act of flying; a journey made through the air or in space, especially a scheduled journey made by an airline.
      ‘I got the first flight’
      • ‘Whatever the result, it will certainly help you feel relaxed and prepare you for your short flight home.’
      • ‘Eventually they were offered an alternative flight with another airline and their journey began on Monday.’
      • ‘He it was who, in the 1850s, persuaded his reluctant coachman to make the first gliding flight in history, across the valley at Brompton.’
      • ‘For instance, larger species may migrate in longer flights than smaller species for ecological reasons beyond the scope of my inquiry.’
      • ‘It is a very special moment when such magnificent birds make their first flight.’
      • ‘By the way, Richard, before we take our next call, how much has all of this affected flights on your airline to the United States?’
      • ‘Those travelling on scheduled flights should contact their airline.’
      • ‘When we compare the present life of man on earth with that time of which we have no knowledge, it seems to me like the swift flight of a sparrow through the banqueting-hall where you are sitting at dinner on a winter's day.’
      • ‘On 17 May 1928, a small aircraft, leased at five shillings per mile, took off on the inaugural flight of the Flying Doctor.’
      • ‘I travel frequently and have never been so uncomfortable nor felt so unsafe flying as on this flight.’
      • ‘But the riddle of what became of the prized bird during his epic flight is slowly being unravelled.’
      • ‘The project recently completed its first balloon flight, in the process setting a duration and distance record for balloon flights.’
      • ‘Rutan said the spacecraft would be safer than early commercial airline travel, and flights would not be limited to the young and superfit.’
      • ‘Santana went from minor league bus rides to charter airline flights in one move.’
      • ‘The all-expenses paid trip includes return flights and accommodation in our luxury penthouse apartment in Guadalmina.’
      • ‘The plane was on a return flight from an outing in which the couple swam with dolphins close to their luxury resort.’
      • ‘We will escort you to the boarding area for the next flight to Canada and process your tickets there.’
      • ‘The cost includes return flights with Delta Airlines, accommodation and the tour.’
      • ‘When Concorde lands for the very last time at Heathrow this afternoon, nearly one hundred years after the Wright Brothers' first flight, the future will be over.’
      • ‘The deals include return flights with Continental Airlines from Gatwick and a stay at the famous Golden Nugget hotel.’
      plane trip, trip by air, air trip, journey by air, air journey
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    2. 1.2 The movement or trajectory of a projectile or ball through the air.
      • ‘When the ball is in flight, he has a history of attacking it and making the big play.’
      • ‘Further, his ball flight has gotten lower and more parabolic, things he says the Nike ball helps with.’
      • ‘Going down under the defender's rush, Warner didn't see the ball in flight.’
      • ‘A player who is not offside when his team mate sends him the ball or sends a free kick is not penalised for an offside if he runs ahead while the ball is in flight.’
      • ‘Whenever a ball caroms off one player and goes into the hands of another player, the ball remains legally in flight as long as it doesn't hit the ground.’
      • ‘That action results in an aggressive, penetrating ball flight, sending the shot directly at the target.’
      • ‘La Louvière appealed against the result as the ball had burst in flight.’
      • ‘Gregor Townsend intercepted the ball mid - flight and raced away to score a crucial try that set up a Scotland victory not only in that opening match but in the Championship itself.’
      • ‘Examine the target closely, then look down to make sure the clubface is aimed exactly on the line where the ball will begin its flight.’
      • ‘Chacon fired to first but the ball got lost in flight on its way to first base.’
      • ‘The skip pass completed, every defensive player moved with player movement and flight of the ball as dictated by the rules.’
      • ‘Wanderers took the lead in curious fashion when wingman Holden seemed to cross, but to the astonishment of the players and crowd the ball swerved in flight and hit the back of the net.’
      • ‘Just keep firing the same motion and you'll see you are learning very powerful control of ball flight.’
      • ‘The wind was less strong but still enough to manipulate the ball in flight.’
      • ‘The most common direction for errant ball flight is left to right - the slice.’
      • ‘Bell is particularly imposing when he launches himself into full flight toward a ball carrier.’
      • ‘The releasing or rolling of the club head through impact ensures greater power and the ability to control the ball flight.’
      • ‘Thus emerged a natural solution: use a high arm action to give the ball enough flight in order to pitch it further.’
      • ‘This basically means that there are no unnecessary moving parts in Tiger's swing, which has allowed him to control the trajectory of his ball flight better.’
      • ‘In its path of flight, the ball began to take the shape of a spire, and struck the beast directly in the chest, freezing it in its tracks.’
      trajectory, track, flight path, orbit, glide path, approach
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    3. 1.3[as modifier] Relating to or denoting archery in which the main concern is shooting long distances.
      ‘short, light flight arrows’
      • ‘Flight archery is all about shooting an arrow the longest distance, so the range for a flight event will need to be very long.’
      • ‘The bows were highly efficient and the record shot with a light Turkish flight bow was close to 900 yards, far beyond the capability of a self bow.’
      • ‘Turkish flight arrows often had horn tips, thus reducing weight as much as possible.’
    4. 1.4literary Swift passage of time.
      ‘the never-ending flight of future days’
      • ‘It bears the connotation of the passing or the flight of time - time which can never be recaptured.’
      • ‘Her timid reminders concerning the flight of time and consequent fines for lateness at work fell on deaf ears.’
  • 2A group of creatures or objects flying together, in particular.

    • ‘A plane was launched every four hours for a patrol flight lasting about twelve hours.’
    • ‘We briefed for a two-ship formation flight in one of the local military operating areas.’
    • ‘The trip through Yokohama en route to the base was well worth the high speed of our formation flight.’
    1. 2.1 A flock or large body of birds or insects in the air, especially when migrating.
      ‘flights of Canada geese’
      • ‘This is a region dotted with Chotts, lakes and salt marshes that expand and subtract with the seasons, attracting vast flights of birds as well as herds.’
      • ‘A flight of birds flew up through the sky, frightened of whoever was there.’
      • ‘Some of these dances represented the caribou hunt; others might portray a flight of birds or a battle with the weather.’
      flock, flying group
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    2. 2.2 A group of aircraft operating together, especially an air force unit of about six aircraft.
      ‘a refueling mission in which his crew topped off three flights of four F-16A jets’
      • ‘Fortunately the second aircraft in the flight missed the wires completely, possibly by flying under them.’
      • ‘There have been operational support flights before but never a squadron of this size.’
      • ‘Though each side had fewer aircraft and smaller flights, the combat was just as deadly.’
      • ‘There were only two flights strafing and the second section called to see if they could start strafing.’
      • ‘Next were two Air Force Hercules followed by two flights of Hornets, four in each flight.’
      • ‘Whenever the weather cooperated, FAS sent flights of aircraft to hit the British task force.’
      • ‘On each side of the nose is painted a rather generous unit badge with the flight's nickname of Banners.’
      • ‘Four flights of four RAAF Mosquitos would follow as the second squadron.’
  • 3The action of fleeing or attempting to escape.

    ‘refugees on the latest stage of their flight from turmoil’
    • ‘Among the wildlife in headlong flight is a scorpion.’
    • ‘The flight from that reality strikes me as a more profound pathology than the reality itself.’
    • ‘Henry disengaged himself from his flight and resignedly returned home.’
    • ‘True historical breakthroughs, in which the defender is shocked into inaction or headlong flight, are almost impossible to achieve.’
    • ‘The twenty-eight year old poet was theoretically en route from Milan; in reality he was in flight from an England which was still agog at rumours of his lunatic behaviour.’
    • ‘Fischli and Weiss are known for their use of humble stuff that is in headlong flight from rareness and highness, and these photos were no exception.’
    • ‘The months of fear and flight had left an imprint of homelessness.’
    • ‘It is likely though that his low intelligence would have made it more difficult for him to cope with the tragic death of his son and contributed to his flight from reality.’
    • ‘These stairs were broader than the others they'd ascended in their flight.’
    • ‘The migration of former slaves to the Midwest during the Civil War was a flight toward freedom as well as an escape from the violence and chaos of war.’
    escape, getaway, fleeing, running away, absconding, retreat, departure, hasty departure, exit, exodus, decamping, disappearance, vanishing
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  • 4A series of steps between floors or levels.

    ‘she has to come up four flights of stairs to her apartment’
    • ‘The stairs ascend in three flights to a wide hallway on the second floor, which gives the house its name.’
    • ‘He lived on the middle floor, only two flights of stairs and no lift.’
    • ‘I went down a flight of stairs to level three, the guys' dorms.’
    • ‘As she ascended two flights, a weight settled in her stomach, accompanied by a mounting dread.’
    • ‘If you are feeling lazy, and the prospect of climbing the flight of 800 steps to the monastery is too daunting, you can always choose to take a donkey.’
    • ‘She walked around the ground level looking for the flight of stairs that led to the second floor.’
    • ‘It was difficult for her to climb the flight of steps to the podium.’
    • ‘Three large bedrooms lie off the spacious landing at this level and a small flight of stairs leads to a fourth bedroom.’
    • ‘I struggled up seven floors, fourteen flights of stairs, on my walking stick to the rooftop sculptures of Casa Batlow.’
    • ‘Without effort she ran silently up the four flights of steps to Senator Montgomery's floor.’
    • ‘Curiosity took the better of me as I stepped the flight of stairs up into the dandy store.’
    • ‘He said he has a huge struggle to climb the six flights of stairs up to his flat on the second floor.’
    • ‘Victoria collapsed and fell down the last few steps of an internal flight of stairs on Monday morning.’
    • ‘I finally thought to get off on the fourth floor and descend a flight of stairs, only to find that a custodian had roped off that end of the third-floor hallway for mopping.’
    • ‘We walked down the stairs very slowly, taking each flight together, keeping in pace with each other.’
    • ‘I turned and fled down the first flight of stairs and stopped outside the door to the 9th floor, breathing heavily.’
    • ‘Muketsu, the first in Chizome's line, climbed the short flight of stairs and stepped to the front of the altar.’
    • ‘They made their way up to the fourth floor via a creaky flight of steps.’
    • ‘Lisa stepped off the flight of stairs and smiled at Danny, waving goodbye to Megan's mother.’
    • ‘We climbed down a flight of steps into the steamy depths of the earth where the spring still spouts at 46 degrees C.’
    staircase, set of stairs, set of steps
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    1. 4.1 A series of hurdles across a racetrack.
      • ‘It was clear that Rayshan was on a steep learning curve, and in the back straight he fiddled the sixth flight of hurdles, and suddenly his glittering potential looked set to be tarnished.’
      • ‘Royal Rosa disappointed on his seasonal debut after making a horrific mistake at the first flight.’
      • ‘The Cheltenham crowds were stunned when jockey Charlie Swan pulled up on favourite Istabraq with his mount tailed off just two flights into this year's Hurdle running.’
      • ‘But then three flights from home while on the flat, Valiramix clipped the heels of the horse in front and crashed to the ground.’
      • ‘Last March he came to the last flight in the Champion Hurdle locked in combat with Hardy Eustace and Harchibald, no other horse left with a chance.’
      • ‘Grand Jete looked like landing the spoils for Nicky Henderson when he powered into the lead between the last two flights, but he made a mistake at the final hurdle.’
      • ‘Heading towards the final flight, I still felt we would win.’
      • ‘He attempted that in 2002 but his preparations had been blighted by injury and he was pulled up after just two flights.’
      • ‘After Chief Yeoman and Howle Hill took the lead rounding the final bend, Made in Japan moved to challenge at the last flight.’
      • ‘Istabraq was pulled up after just two flights of hurdles and second favourite Valiramix, partnered by Tony McCoy, had to be put down after suffering a serious leg injury.’
      • ‘The race sprung to life at the second flight when leader Westender refused to jump the hurdle and also knocked the favourite Rule Supreme out of contention.’
      • ‘And all because the horse on which they had wagered all of two quid each-way had fallen at the first flight of hurdles, accidentally.’
      • ‘Every time I look at a flight of hurdles now I can still feel myself making the three strides between each and then getting my legs in the right position.’
      • ‘Conditions were so bad at the Berkshire course that the last flight of hurdles was moved 100 yards forward and the last race of the day had to be abandoned because of poor visibility.’
      • ‘Roche revealed afterwards: I was full of confidence before the race but I was anything but sure as they raced to the last flight of hurdles.’
      • ‘When the pace was accelerated at the half way point Geraghty was in the best possible place to take full advantage and he was clear of his field at the last flight of hurdles.’
      • ‘The fairytale ended in 2002 when Swan was forced to pull up Istabraq in his last attempt to break the Cheltenham record after two flights.’
      • ‘None of the 26-strong field was prepared to set a testing pace, and the winner was always travelling well before making a move three flights out under Barry Geraghty.’
    2. 4.2 A closely spaced sequence of locks in a canal.
      • ‘At Nob End, Little Lever, walkers can see the unique lock flight that lifted canal boats up 66 feet in just 200 yards.’
      • ‘Mr Jones's father set up the scrap business at the foot of Caen Hill, near the famous flight of locks on the Kennet and Avon Canal.’
      • ‘The waterway is a thread linking many architectural and engineering triumphs, including aqueducts, pumping stations and lock flights.’
      • ‘Up and up, never resting, even though he has eleven flights to ascend.’
      • ‘The flight of locks at Falkirk followed suit in 1933, but the rest of the canal survived intact until it was closed to navigation in 1965.’
      • ‘We'd picked up the boat from Crown Blue Line at Castelnaudry, and after a brief driving lesson in the large canal basin in the middle of town, had nervously entered the first of a downward flight of locks.’
  • 5An extravagant or far-fetched idea or account.

    ‘ignoring such ridiculous flights of fancy’
    • ‘This talk of funk, punk and devil-worship is starting to fuel a few wild suggestions and flights of fancy.’
    • ‘Their imaginations must be feverish enough to conjure up ever more daring flights of fancy, but then cold enough to try to annihilate their own creations.’
    • ‘I am not given to flights of fancy, soppy tales of love and romance and I was certainly not looking for love.’
    • ‘The Handler suggests that these boasts were no flights of fancy.’
    • ‘The irrevocable dissolution of the magical Tumble Room gives it a psychological weight beyond its filmic illusion and flights of fancy.’
    • ‘The film does not hold water when it comes to being logical or plausible, but this a minor grievance when one accepts that the flights of fancy harden the aura of solemnity that the film strives for.’
    • ‘I'm sure when I'm taken to flights of fancy on my fast, I shall imagine that I am being subconsciously willed to loosen my skin so that the people who run Pension Perez can cut off my face and wear it like a mask.’
    • ‘Raspberries have inspired flights of fancy in haute cuisine, most often in the guise of syrups and sauces used as an accompaniment to other fruits such as pears and figs.’
    • ‘It was much funnier than it sounds, and the four physicians that showed up to create this cast that inspires my weird flights of fancy and I were all howling.’
    • ‘Henry has now taken his place as one of the top striking threats in Europe, while Kanu's languid, idiosyncratic flights of fancy regularly befuddle Premiership defenders.’
    • ‘It eliminated all pauses for inspiration, and freed heedless flights of fancy.’
    • ‘While Miralles was reprimanded for his sudden flights of fancy, he was, as the inquiry suggested last week, allowed to continue setting the pace.’
    • ‘But the house-share, thankfully, was just a springboard for some surreal flights of fancy, particularly aimed at film buffs.’
    • ‘It's a masterwork of narrative mutation, of horrendous flights of fatal fantasy locked inside the brain of a truly troubled soul.’
    • ‘However, if, as this week suggested, Vogts can keep his flights of fancy in check, he might be given the opportunity to prove that he has assembled a squad with a modicum of potential.’
    • ‘In spite of its length (over two and a half hours) and occasional flights of fancy, it has a rewardingly esoteric heart.’
    • ‘The current Scotland captain, as anyone who has attended a post-match press conference after a Scotland defeat will testify, is not given to flights of fancy.’
    • ‘The show is rounded out by heavy duty wordsmith Fortner Anderson, the quiet intensity of Jason Selman's poetry, and a sampling of Harris's own fevered flights of fancy.’
    • ‘They unconsciously finish each other's sentences, and fearlessly embark on dizzying flights of fancy, more than confident they can talk each other down.’
    • ‘Phil has these huge flights of fancy where he has a different plan for the future every five seconds, and has such a laid-back attitude, which I really admire.’
  • 6The tail of a dart.

    • ‘Believe it or not, you can buy flights for darts that come complete with the smell of stale beer.’
    • ‘Well, if there was one specific, component of a dart, that affects the control, consistency and accuracy of shooting a dart more than anything else, it would have to be the flight!’
    • ‘The standard clock-face became established in the late 19th century, and paper flights to fit the darts were patented in 1898.’
    • ‘We had trick shots with Jamie throwing the darts flight first and Alan on his knees finishing doubles to the delight of a good crowd.’
    • ‘My preferred method of getting a flight out of the way of an incoming dart is for the flights to pop off easily on contact.’
    • ‘In fact it suggests to us nothing less than a set of plastic dart flights.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Shoot (wildfowl) in flight.

    ‘duck and geese flighting’
    • ‘This accessible estate has a pheasant shoot, roe deerstalking and duck flighting - plus stables’
  • 2British (in soccer, cricket, etc.) deliver (a ball) with well-judged trajectory and pace.

    ‘he flighted a free kick into the box’
    • ‘Sagnol flights the ball to Vieira, who slams his volley into the ground.’
    • ‘McNaughton stole the ball off his toe and drove forward before flighting a lovely ball on to the head of Mackie.’
    • ‘Ronaldinho wastes a chance to flight a free-kick into the penalty area, hitting the first Japanese defender instead.’
    • ‘From the resultant corner Latapy flighted the ball into the heart of the crowded penalty area.’
    • ‘Gary Hay took a quick free-kick at the edge of the box for the overlapping midfielder who trotted almost to the bye-line before flighting the ball to McSwegan at the far post.’
    • ‘Twice in the opening moments of the second half, the England captain flighted a ball 60 yards into the new man's path.’
    • ‘Delivering a beautifully flighted cross from the right in the 56th minute, slack marking allowed Bobo Balde to rise majestically and power a header high into the net.’
    • ‘Carrick nearly plays Rooney in with a beautifully flighted ball forward, but Ecuador scamper back to recover possession.’
    • ‘Yesterday he out-bowled Ashley Giles and worked hard for the wicket of Salman Butt, flighting the ball to tempt the left-hander into indiscretion.’
    • ‘With the pitch offering him little assistance, he flighted the ball generously.’
    • ‘Though someone like Kumble might be a glorious exception, spinners need to flight the ball to achieve spin, unless they are bowling on a vicious turner.’
    • ‘Sertori, pilloried by many, showed his worth by winning York their first corner of the match then flicking on Agnew's carefully flighted dead ball at the near post.’
    • ‘Midway through the first period, Gareth Williams delivered a well flighted ball into the box and Kirk Jackson sent a soaring header over Mark Ovendale from 18 yards.’
    • ‘Then Connolly connected with Lockwood's well flighted free-kick to send in a volley which Dobson did well to gather.’
    • ‘I bowled round the wicket, wide of the crease, flighted the ball more and bowled bouncers as well.’
    • ‘The visitors' defence was finally breached when Stuart Airedrie's excellently flighted ball was dropped by the stand-in keeper and defender Jonathan Best was quickest to react and placed the ball in the bottom corner.’
    • ‘There was space to be found behind the Germany back four and when Francesco Totti flighted a through ball five minutes later it was only an unsatisfactory touch by Simone Perrotta that let Lehmann block.’
    • ‘Lofthouse flighted the ball beyond the last defender and centre half Stuart Dibb stole in to steer his finish beyond Mitchell.’
    • ‘Ronaldinho promptly flighted the ball over Seaman and into the far corner of the net after spotting the England shotstopper had left his line.’
    • ‘A promising start by a depleted Harps saw Finian Brett race through the Killeshin defence before delivering a perfectly flighted cross onto the head of Aidan Power who scored in the 8th minute.’
    bowl, pitch, hurl, throw, cast, launch, lob
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Phrases

  • in full flight

    • 1Escaping as fast as possible.

      1. 1.1Having gained momentum in a run or activity.
        ‘when this jazz pianist is in full flight he can be mesmerizing’
        • ‘He was brought on to bowl with Fleming and Astle in full flight, and struck with his fifth delivery, which nipped in to beat the left-hander's bat and knock off the bails.’
        • ‘Few people watching really realised just how fast these boys travel when in full flight, and they were in full flight, bunched dangerously close together in a race for the line.’
        • ‘The sight of Watson in full flight would have brought a smile to even the most sour of faces.’
        • ‘With Barney Maher back in full flight and with the possible return of the towering Larry Keenan it will be a different ball game.’
        • ‘There was some justice attached to the goal, for the free-kick had been awarded when Alex Rae brought down Darren Huckerby in full flight.’
        • ‘Coventry skipper Paul Williams conceded a free-kick on the edge of his own penalty area after bringing down Ryan Giggs in full flight.’
        • ‘While people are often quoting Micheal and other well known broadcasters, there is no doubt that Roscommon's own Willie comes up with some remarkable humorous gems when in full flight.’
        • ‘In yet another defining moment, Paul Dodds scythed down a sixteen stone Tongan in full flight to inspire those around him.’
        • ‘He has released the good news that his Bank Holiday reunion is in full flight and will be attended by many locals who are coming home to join the celebration that weekend.’
        • ‘The Blues though were in total command and Huckerby completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot 60 seconds later after Matthieu Louis-Jean brought down Jensen who was in full flight.’
  • put someone/something to flight

    • Cause someone or something to flee.

      ‘a soldier who held off, and eventually put to flight, waves of attackers’
      • ‘Wongyu at once mustered more than 100 locals and, with his own crew, put the pirates to flight.’
      • ‘If this is the case, then it was probably taken to Ireland by the monks of Iona when they were put to flight by invading Vikings at the beginning of the 9th century.’
      • ‘All that peacock display was put to flight by George Bryan Brummell, whose subliminal influence on male costume persists to this day.’
      • ‘They are made from pods or carved from the wood of a tree which is said in one text to be able ‘to put witches to flight.’’
      • ‘A vocal citizenry can put the chickenhawks to flight.’
      • ‘Christ is risen and the devils are put to flight!’
      • ‘Dawn said she joined in the attack with a hosepipe and a stick, and these, combined with continued attacks from the robins in particular, put the snake to flight and they eventually drove it into nearby thick bush.’
      • ‘I will send faintness into their hearts in the lands of their enemies; the sound of a driven leaf shall put them to flight, and they shall flee as one flees from the sword, and they shall fall when none pursues.’
      • ‘Pentheus, Pentheus, your army cannot prevail; your men will be put to flight.’
      • ‘A threat of immediate physical violence had put them to flight.’
      chase away, chase off, drive away, drive back, drive off, drive out, send away, scare off, scatter, scatter to the four winds, disperse, stampede, rout
      see off
      send packing
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  • take flight

    • 1(of a bird) take off and fly.

      ‘the whole flock took flight’
      figurative ‘she entered the company after a year's apprenticeship, and her career took flight’
      • ‘It was on December 27, 1904, at the Duke of York's Theatre in London that JM Barrie's celebrated eternal boy first took flight.’
      • ‘A duck took flight as I took a seat by Susanita's side, making a fluttering sound in its wake.’
      • ‘A large flock of birds took flight as the tree that Athrahn was hacking up, fell.’
      • ‘A flock of birds surges impetuously from the thickets and takes flight towards the windmills that decorate the landscape.’
      • ‘For instance, in the opening moments, a sinister flock of birds takes flight and a hearse-like limousine crosses the path of a fire truck backing out of a station.’
      • ‘The dragon beats its wings and takes flight above the bodies.’
      • ‘He was a key player on the 19s that won the World Cup, and then he took flight, basically - two years later he was scoring three tries against the French in Paris.’
      • ‘She stares intensely at a scene, immersing herself in it fully, and suddenly she and the whole thing take flight.’
      • ‘This duck is strong and fast and, unlike many diving ducks, can take flight directly from the water without a running start.’
      • ‘The flocks on the old folk's home took flight and circled the street.’
      flee, run, run away, run off, make a run for it, run for it, be gone, make off, take off, take to one's heels, make a break for it, bolt, beat a retreat, beat a hasty retreat, make a quick exit, make one's getaway, escape, absent oneself, make oneself scarce, abscond, head for the hills, do a disappearing act
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    • 2Flee.

      ‘noise that would prompt a spooked horse to take flight’
      • ‘They took flight when they saw that their escape route was blocked after a neighbour had parked his car in a laneway where their own vehicle was parked.’
      • ‘Instantly, it took to flight, heading away from the man.’
      • ‘Alexis prepared to take aim again, but before she could do so, the two men took flight, fleeing back the way they came.’
      • ‘He narrowly escaped an arrest warrant in the US by taking flight to Panama with the help of church contacts.’
      • ‘Did you not see that while fighting the Pathans, they took to flight which was deceptive.’
      • ‘Yelling with laughter, the rest of the spray cans were flung down and the whole gang took flight back to the park.’
      • ‘After his short speech, he took to flight, hopping from the platform as he twisted towards the train.’
      • ‘The monster took to flight and fell backward, hitting the ground and rolling to his feet.’
      • ‘When the darkness closed around her Ayala lost all nerve and took to flight with a timid yelp.’
      • ‘Pavli rushed from his bedroom and took to flight, landing on his mother's lap and forcing a surprised laugh.’
      flee, run, run away, run off, make a run for it, run for it, be gone, make off, take off, take to one's heels, make a break for it, bolt, beat a retreat, beat a hasty retreat, make a quick exit, make one's getaway, escape, absent oneself, make oneself scarce, abscond, head for the hills, do a disappearing act
      beat it, clear off, clear out, vamoose, skedaddle, split, cut and run, leg it, show a clean pair of heels, turn tail, scram
      do a runner, scarper, do a bunk
      light out, bug out, cut out, peel out, take a powder, skidoo
      go through, shoot through
      bugger off
      fly
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Origin

Old English flyht action or manner of flying of Germanic origin; related to Dutch vlucht and fly. This was probably merged in Middle English with an unrecorded Old English word related to German Flucht and to flee, which is represented by flight.

Pronunciation:

flight

/flīt/