an act or instance of or running away; hasty departure.
put to flight, to force to flee or run away; rout:
She succeeded in putting the intruder to flight.
take flight, to retreat; run away; flee:
The wild animals took flight before the onrushing fire.
Also, take to flight.
the act, skill, or manner of flying
a journey made by a flying animal or object
a group of flying birds or aircraft: a flight of swallows
the basic tactical unit of a military air force
a journey through space, esp of a spacecraft
rapid movement or progress
a soaring mental journey above or beyond the normal everyday world: a flight of fancy
a bird’s wing or tail feather; flight feather
a feather or plastic attachment fitted to an arrow or dart to give it stability in flight
See flight arrow
the distance covered by a flight arrow
(sport) especially (cricket)
(angling) a device on a spinning lure that revolves rapidly
a set of steps or stairs between one landing or floor and the next
a large enclosed area attached to an aviary or pigeon loft where the birds may fly but not escape
(transitive) (sport) to cause (a ball, dart, etc) to float slowly or deceptively towards its target
(intransitive) (of wild fowl) to fly in groups
(transitive) to shoot (a bird) in flight
(transitive) to fledge (an arrow or a dart)
the act of fleeing or running away, as from danger
put to flight, to cause to run away; rout
take flight, take to flight, to run away or withdraw hastily; flee
“act of flying,” Old English flyht “a flying, flight,” from Proto-Germanic *flukhtiz (cf. Dutch vlucht “flight of birds,” Old Norse flugr, Old High German flug, German Flug “flight”), from root of *fleugan “to fly” (see fly (v.1)).
Spelling altered late 14c. from Middle English fliht (see fight (v.)). Meaning “an instance of flight” is 1785, originally of ballooning. Meaning “series of stairs between landings” is from 1703.
“act of fleeing,” from Middle English fluht (c.1200), not found in Old English, but presumed to have existed. Related to Old English fleon “flee” (see flee), and cognate with Old Saxon fluht, Old Frisian flecht “act of fleeing,” Dutch vlucht, Old High German fluht, German Flucht, Old Nprse flotti, Gothic þlauhs.
A hallucinogenic drug experience; trip (1960s+Narcotics)
In addition to the idioms beginning with flight
flight of fancy
- Put in a good word
Make a supportive remark or favorable recommendation. For example, Please put in a good word for me with the supervisor, or When you see her, put in a good word for the department. The use of good word for a laudatory utterance dates from about 1200.
- Put in mind of
see: put one in mind of
- Put in mothballs
Defer indefinitely or for a very long time, as in We’ve put the plans for a new library in mothballs. This expression alludes to storing woolen clothing or other items with marble-size balls of naphthalene or camphor to prevent them from being damaged by moths. [ 1940s ]
- Put in order
Arrange in proper sequence; see in order , def. 1; also put one’s house in order