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take flight

To flee or run away (from someone or something). The would-be burglars took flight as soon as they heard the police sirens. We've committed our troops to this cause, and we shall not take flight just because the path has proved difficult.
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take flight

Also, take wing. Run away, flee, go away, as in When the militia arrived, the demonstrators took flight, or The tenant took wing before paying the rent. The first idiom derives from the earlier take one's flight, dating from the late 1300s, and was first recorded in 1435. The variant was first recorded in 1704.
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take ˈflight

run away: The gang took flight when they heard the police car.
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lie folds himself down toward the ground or takes flight with equal effortlessness, shifting from shape to shape with no apparent need for transition.
This issue contains the following articles: (1) Alabama's New & Improved Public School Report Card; (2) Alabama's CSFO Gains International Recognition; (3) Superintendent's Art Exhibit Kicks Off March as Arts Education Month; and (4) New Curriculum Program Takes Flight. Regular features include: (1) Good News in Alabama; (2) Awards, Opportunities and Professional Development; (3) Calendar; and (4) Teacher of the Month.
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The Owl of Minerva takes flight only with the falling of the dusk." Owls, one of them indeed painted gray in gray, appear in at least two of the paintings; and though this may seem too slender a basis for an interpretation, the overall iconography seems largely pessimistic.
The most likely way to spot a quail is when one takes flight - skimming over the tops of the crops.
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