the bird has flown

the bird has flown

Someone or something has left, fled, escaped, etc.; someone or something is no longer here. I'm afraid you're not going to find him here. The bird has flown.
See also: bird, flown
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bird has flown, the

The individual sought has gone away, as in Jean hoped to meet her editor at long last, but when she arrived the bird had flown. This idiom has been used for an escaped prisoner, and more generally, as in 1655 by William Gurnall ( The Christian in Complete Armour): "Man ... knows not his time ... he comes when the bird is flown." [Mid-1600s]
See also: bird
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the bird has flown

If you say the bird has flown, you mean that the person you are looking for has escaped or disappeared. He'd been told to follow the woman to work and wait till she came out again. Instead he'd wandered off, come back at her normal leaving time and found the bird had flown.
See also: bird, flown
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the bird has flown

the person you are looking for has escaped or gone away.
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the bird has ˈflown

the person who was being chased or looked for has escaped or gone away: The police raided the house at dawn, but the bird had flown.
See also: bird, flown
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