put to flight


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put to flight

Cause to run away, as in The bombs put the civilians to flight. [Mid-1800s]
See also: flight, put
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The uniform of the king's musketeers carries a certain respect with it, and even if that were not the case I would engage with four of my men to put to flight a hundred of these clowns.
Old John, immensely flattered by the personal notoriety implied in this familiar form of address, answered, with something like a knowing look, 'I should believe you could, sir,' and was turning over in his mind various forms of eulogium, with the view of selecting one appropriate to the qualities of his best bed, when his ideas were put to flight by Mr Chester giving Barnaby the letter, and bidding him make all speed away.
Their leaders were men who had sported so long with life, that when Thought and Wisdom came, even these unwelcome guests were led astray by the crowd of vanities which they should have put to flight.
And a young man is very much like the soldier who will walk up to the cannon's mouth, and is put to flight by a ghost.
I had, naturally, had visions of massed hordes of unspecified enemies being put to flight by the sight of me armed with some sort of bazooka and a bag of King Edwards.
Butthe Islamic State does, having captured US-made antitank missiles from the Iraqi armored divisions put to flight in June 2014.
It means effectively covering as much likely bird-holding cover as possible at an endurance pace, in such a way all birds put to flight by the dog are reasonable targets.
Powers and dominions lay their glory by; proud hearts and stubborn wills are put to flight, the hungry fed, the humble lifted high.
But when the game's stand-in ref Andy Haines was called over, Bertie was put to flight.
Many of the fox/cat conflicts that I have seen resulted in the fox easily being put to flight and only rarely would the two animals engage in any serious conflict.