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take wing

Definition of take wing in English:

1(Of a bird, insect, or other winged creature) fly away.
Example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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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