Flee v. i. [imp. & p. p. Fled p. pr. & vb. n. Fleeing.] To run away, as from danger or evil; to avoid in an alarmed or cowardly manner; to hasten off; -- usually with from. This is sometimes omitted, making the verb transitive.
[He] cowardly fled, not having struck one stroke. --Shak.
Flee fornication. --1 Cor. vi. 18.
So fled his enemies my warlike father. --Shak.
Note: ☞ When great speed is to be indicated, we commonly use fly, not flee; as, fly hence to France with the utmost speed. “Whither shall I fly to 'scape their hands?” --Shak. See Fly, v. i., 5.