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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.