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

v run away quickly

“He threw down his gun and fled
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
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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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