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    Took to the boats.

    "The ship was scuttled by its German prize crew, who took to the boats". What does "took to the boats" mean?

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    Re: Took to the boats.

    It means they got into the lifeboats.
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    Re: Took to the boats.

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    It means they got into the lifeboats.
    Can it also be written as "who took the boats"? Do both the sentences (who took to the boats and who took the boats) have same meaning?

    I searched and found that "took to something" or "someone" means "to learn something" or "to start liking something" or "someone". Is it also correct?

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    Re: Took to the boats.

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    Can it also be written as "who took the boats"? Do both the sentences (who took to the boats and who took the boats) have same meaning?
    No and no.
    I searched and found that "took to something" or "someone" means "to learn something" or "to start liking something" or "someone". Is it also correct?
    Yes.

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    Re: Took to the boats.

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    No and no.
    Yes.
    "Took to the something" is it only used for the vehicles and other means of transport like they took to the boats means they got into the boats (apart from the other meaning that I mentioned in the previous post)?"

    "They took to the boats and sailed away or floated away".

    Please check.

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    Re: Took to the boats.

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    "Took to the something" is it only used for the vehicles and other means of transport
    No

    They took to the hills. - They fled from the towns/plains.
    They took to the streets. - They came out of their homes.

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    Re: Took to the boats.

    Look at definition #3 here.

    It's not necessarily about means of transport.
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    Re: Took to the boats.

    But when we say "he took to the car/scooter/truck". It means he got in these vehicles, right? Does it also mean that he is going to drive himself? Can it be used with the public transport as well like "train/plain/ship?" And what is the meanning of "scuttle". I am confused it means to run rapidly with short steps, right?

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    Re: Took to the boats.

    scuttle

    v.t.

    to sink (a vessel) deliberately by opening seacocks or making openings in the bottom.
    (Collins)

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    Re: Took to the boats.

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    But when we say "he took to the car/scooter/truck". It means he got in these vehicles, right? Does it also mean that he is going to drive himself? Can it be used with the public transport as well like "train/plain/ship?" And what is the meanning of "scuttle". I am confused it means to run rapidly with short steps, right?
    You're probably thinking of shuffle.

    It's helpful to know the usage they took to the boats/hills/etc. in case you see it written down somewhere. It's hardly ever used in everyday English, though. Please don't use it in conversation.
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