One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘on seeing the police they made off’
run away, run off, take to one's heels, beat a hasty retreat, flee, make one's getaway, make a quick exit, make a run for it, run for it, take off, take flight, bolt, fly, make oneself scarce, leave, abscond, decamp, do a disappearing act
informal clear off, clear out, beat it, do a runner, leg it, make tracks, cut and run, skedaddle, vamoose, hightail it, hotfoot it, show a clean pair of heels, fly the coop, split, scoot, scram
British informal scarper, have it away, have it away on one's toes
North American informal light out, bug out, cut out, peel out, take a powder
British informal, dated hook it
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