Definition of take wing in English:

take wing

  • 1(Of a bird, insect, or other winged creature) fly away.
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    • Meanwhile, overhead, several woodcreepers cling to tree trunks, ready to snatch insects that take wing to avoid being trampled.
    • The crow preened its feathers and took wing again, gliding away into the trees.
    • My foot encountered a twig, and it snapped loudly in my hearing, causing a flock of black creatures that had been roosting in a neighboring tree to take wing.
  • 1.1Depart swiftly; flee: Louise took wing for America
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    • Novelist and aesthetician, she lived in her mother's Florentine villa with her, but took wing for a season each year to spend some time in London, where she was an accepted figure on the literary scene.
    • It was here, amid the wilderness of the Forest of Dean (the inspiration for the Forbidden Forest) that Rowling's imagination took wing.
    • But it was when she first introduced him to opera that his interest really took wing and became a passion.
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