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flee from (someone or something)

To run away from or escape someone or something. The thieves fled from the security guard but were caught by officers arriving on the scene. Shrieking, we fled from the swarm of bees.
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flee to (something)

To run to some place or thing as a means of escape. We fled to the shelter of the cave when the downpour started.
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Thus, on a certain night, they set out to fall upon the kraals of the People of the Axe, where dwelt the chief Jikiza, who was named the Unconquered, and owned the axe Groan- Maker, but when they neared the kraal the wolves turned back and fled.
So he fled away from the sea, up the great, strange Yukon, even to Nulato, and I fled with him.
Nay, strange brother," Negore answered, "I know not the way my people are gone, for I was sick, and they fled so fast my legs gave out from under me, and I fell behind.
On the con- trary, he had fled as fast as his legs could carry him; and he was but an ordinary squirrel, too-- doubtless no philosopher of his race.
At last he burst the bonds which had fastened him to the spot and fled, unheeding the under- brush.
He backed away from me, as I advanced, and at last turned and fled into the wood--whither, it is not given to me to know.
How long he had fled he did not know, or try to know.
The warriors of Swaran fled then, pursued by the sons of Fingal, till the hero bade the fighting cease, and darkness once more fell over the dreadful field.
Takla had fled from India after 1993 blasts and is being questioned by CBI.
Sources told reporter accused belong to Kohat, who fled with the connivance of police officers.
In addition, about 33,000 Congolese have fled Kasai for Angola, and "the conditions today in Kasai are such that we cannot encourage or promote the return of refugees," Okoth- Obbo stressed.
9) In fact Horace fled Sabine earlier in act 2, scene 6 when she proposed that either her husband Horace or her brother Curiace kill her in order to legitimize the armed engagement between them.
Last week, the UN said at least one million South Sudanese have fled the East African nation since violence broke out in December 2013.
YIECH PUR BIEL, 21, SOUTH SUDAN, 800M RUNNER Yiech fled fighting in southern Sudan in 2005 and ended up in a refugee camp in northern Kenya.
Manama: The Kuwaiti consulate in Arbil in northern Iraq has offered humanitarian aid to Christian families who had fled from Nineveh.