They ran almost without thinking.
Hello. Could you please tell me the meaning of the underlined sentence below.
Does it mean "No one could stop our legs." or something?
from A Bird on Water Street by Elizabeth O. Dulemba----
Suddenly, a sharp whirring sound cut her off. SIREN!
Books flew. Chairs fall. Desks crashed against each other.
We took off running-all of us. Miss Post couldn't stop us if she tried.
Our legs just took over.
The Company siren meant something bad happened in the mine. Somebody's dad might be hurt, or worse.
"To take over" means to assume control. "Our legs" took over control from our minds (figuratively) and made the decision to run.
It was an natural instinct, done without thinking, to run away from danger.
I am not a teacher.
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1. To assume control, management, or responsibility: I'm taking over while the supervisor is on vacation.
2. To assume the control or management of or the responsibility for: She took over the job after he left.
3. To become dominant: Our defense took over in the second half of the game.
4. To do (an action or a play in a game) again when the first performance has been discounted or is underdispute.