Results 1 to 4 of 4

Thread: send flee

  1. #1
    jctgf is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Portuguese
      • Home Country:
      • Tuvalu
      • Current Location:
      • Tuvalu
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Posts
    1,860
    Post Thanks / Like

    send flee

    A series of blasts just before 4 a.m. yesterday flung bright orange fireballs into the air and sent about 12,000 residents, many of them elderly, fleeing from their homes, most still in their night clothes.


    hi there,
    I wonder what ''sent fleeing'' mean in the sentence above, please. Is it a common expression in English? Can it be translated as "to cause someone to escape running/escape in a rush"?

    Can I say "The fear of ghosts sent him fleeing bared feet onto the streets, into the night!".

    Thanks.

  2. #2
    colloquium is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Posts
    812
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: send flee

    It is a fairly common expression when wars, disasters and terrible events in general are being reported.

    Your interpretation is good. It usually describes people in a state of fear being forced to escape/avoid danger.

    I would rephrase your sentence as:

    His fear of ghosts sent him fleeing barefoot onto the streets and into the night

    I am not a teacher.

  3. #3
    jctgf is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Portuguese
      • Home Country:
      • Tuvalu
      • Current Location:
      • Tuvalu
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Posts
    1,860
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: send flee

    Quote Originally Posted by colloquium View Post
    It is a fairly common expression when wars, disasters and terrible events in general are being reported.

    Your interpretation is good. It usually describes people in a state of fear being forced to escape/avoid danger.

    I would rephrase your sentence as:

    His fear of ghosts sent him fleeing barefoot onto the streets and into the night

    I am not a teacher.
    Thanks.

    Maybe you have already answered my question but is there a better and more common idiom in English to express this idea, that is, to go out in a rush as if one is afraid of something or because has forgotten to do something important?

    He sent fleeing after he remembered that today is the last day for him to enroll at the English school.

    Could you please provide more examples of how to use "send flee"?

    Thanks again!

  4. #4
    Anglika is offline No Longer With Us
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    19,448
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: send flee

    The word "flee" indicates that the person/people are trying to escape from some unpleasant occurrence.


    If there is no fear involved, then merely "rushed" would work:

    I rushed out because I suddenly remembered that this was the last day of term.

    He rushed to the English school after he remembered that today is the last day for him to enrol.

Similar Threads

  1. verb to send
    By ally78 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 05-Jan-2008, 23:09
  2. send - usage + examples
    By dm92 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 19-Nov-2007, 20:42
  3. flee
    By wuwei in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 28-Jan-2007, 04:56
  4. Send in
    By hlbert03 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 08-Jan-2007, 09:47
  5. TO FLEE
    By Anonymous in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 16-Jun-2004, 16:57

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •