abroad (esp. BrE), across the border, into exile

Hundreds of refugees fled across the border to escape the fighting.

north, south, etc.
in panic, in terror

The children fled in terror as the hay caught fire.

be forced to, have to

They were forced to flee the country.

try to
manage to
turn and flee

They turned and fled when they saw the gang approaching.


She dropped the phone and fled from the office.

into, to

They fled to Britain when the war started.

flee empty-handed

When the police arrived the burglars fled empty-handed.

flee for your life

She had to flee for her life when soldiers attacked her town.

flee like the wind

When danger threatens, collect your possessions and flee like the wind.

flee to safety

The family managed to flee to safety.

Flee is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑army, ↑immigrant, ↑refugee
Flee is used with these nouns as the object: ↑country, ↑fighting, ↑home, ↑homeland, ↑repression, ↑scene

Collocations dictionary. 2013.


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