ADV. abroad, across the border, into exile Hundreds of refugees fled across the border to escape the fighting. | north, south, etc. | in panic
VERB + FLEE be forced to, have to They were forced to flee the country. | try to | manage to | turn They turned and fled when they saw the gang of youths approaching them.
PREP. from She dropped the phone and fled from the office. | into/to They fled to Britain when the war started.
PHRASES 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 village. | flee in panic/terror The children fled in terror as the hay caught fire. | 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.