take flight

idiom

1
: to leave or run away from danger
Fearing arrest, they took flight and hid in the mountains.
2
US : to begin flying
The bird took flight when we tried to approach it.
3
US : to begin a period of rapid activity, development, or growth
The idea really took flight and soon it seemed everyone was copying it.

Examples of take flight in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Although the large Vulcan rocket was still in development at the time, it was expected to take flight within the next year or so. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 13 May 2024 That’s because economic conditions may improve further, voters could feel the effect of recent tax cuts, interest rates may come down, and a controversial plan to deport some asylum-seekers to Rwanda – a key policy for Mr. Sunak – could take flight. Jill Lawless and Brian Melley, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 May 2024 Fledging plovers become a lovely symbol for how the resourceful women in this family take flight. Heller McAlpin, NPR, 22 May 2024 Chris Pine is surprised that Wonder Woman 3 failed to take flight. Jessica Wang, EW.com, 6 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for take flight 

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“Take flight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take%20flight. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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