One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘only cowards cut and run’
flee, run, run away, run off, make a run for it, run for it, take flight, 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, leg it, show a clean pair of heels, turn tail, scram
British do a runner, scarper, do a bunk
North American light out, bug out, cut out, peel out, take a powder, skidoo
Australian go through, shoot through
vulgar slang bugger off
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