Definition of put someone/something to flight in US English:

put someone/something to flight


  • Cause someone or something to flee.

    ‘a soldier who held off, and eventually put to flight, waves of attackers’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Christ is risen and the devils are put to flight!’
    • ‘All that peacock display was put to flight by George Bryan Brummell, whose subliminal influence on male costume persists to this day.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A vocal citizenry can put the chickenhawks to flight.’
    • ‘Wongyu at once mustered more than 100 locals and, with his own crew, put the pirates to flight.’
    • ‘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 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
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