If you bolt, scram, skedaddle, or get the heck of out Dodge, you flee. You run away fast. Don’t confuse flee with "flea." They sound alike, but the second kind is an insect whose bites make you itch.

We get the word flee from Old English fleon. When you flee, you get away as quickly as you can. You might even take flight to escape — usually from a dangerous place or situation. In a moment of panic after stealing a cookie from the cookie jar, you might decide to flee the scene of the crime.

Definitions of flee
  1. verb
    run away quickly
    synonyms: fly, take flight
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    make a rupture in the ranks of the enemy or one's own by quitting or fleeing
    run away in a stampede
    abscond, absquatulate, bolt, decamp, go off, make off, run off
    run away; usually includes taking something or somebody along
    elope, run off
    run away secretly with one's beloved
    break loose, escape, get away
    run away from confinement
    retreat at full speed
    defect, desert
    desert (a cause, a country or an army), often in order to join the opposing cause, country, or army
    break, break away, break out
    move away or escape suddenly
    escape from, shake, shake off, throw off
    get rid of
    run off without paying a debt
    bilk, elude, evade
    escape, either physically or mentally
    move smoothly and easily
    run away
    escape from the control of
    desert one's party or group of friends, for example, for one's personal advantage
    escape, get away
    remove oneself from a familiar environment, usually for pleasure or diversion
    type of:
    break away, bunk, escape, fly the coop, head for the hills, hightail it, lam, run, run away, scarper, scat, take to the woods, turn tail
    flee; take to one's heels; cut and run
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