One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he had absconded from a Borstal’
run away, escape, bolt, clear out, flee, make off, take flight, take off, fly, decamp
make a break for it, take to one's heels, make a quick getaway, beat a hasty retreat, show a clean pair of heels, run for it, make a run for it
disappear, vanish, slip away, steal away, sneak away
informal do a bunk, do a moonlight flit, cut and run, skedaddle, skip, do a runner, head for the hills, do a disappearing act, do a vanishing act, fly the coop, take French leave, scarper, vamoose
North American informal take a powder, go on the lam
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