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Fle, v.3 P.t. and p.p. fleit, fleyt. [Var. of Fley v.]

1. tr. To put to flight through fear; to scare away. Also fig. Ȝonder ar the folk men may nocht fle; Alex. ii. 1585.
Quhen columbie vp keikis … Quhilk fleit wes befoir with frostis fell; Henr. Fab. 1701.
Within the graif to set sic thing … To fle the fendis; Dunb. vi. 115.
Quhair is ȝour wit, … To fle avay my husband Commoun-weill? 1572 Sat. P. xxxiii. 218.
Diuers … scarris, fleis, and banesis the deir and wyld bestes furth of the samin [forest]; 1578 Glenartney MS. Doc.

2. To frighten; to scare. Thame in slepe sa fleyt he that [etc.]; Leg. S. xxvi. 515.
Thy lymmerfull luke wald fle thame and thair dammis; Dunb. Flyt. 152.
The law … confundis and fleis and slais ȝour conscience; Gau 107/1.
I tak on hand … This crakkand carle to fle with ane scheip heid; Lynd. Sat. Procl. 141.
[The assailants] dischargeit pistolettis at his wyff, … and fleit hir thairwith; 1582 Reg. Privy C. III. 601.
That thay come verry feirfull sumtymes, and fleit hir verry sair; 1588 Crim. Trials I. ii. 163.

b. In past pple. fleit, frightened, scared, terrified. Luk and Titus war fleit sa, … thai war bowne to fle away; Leg. S. ii. 330.
Wherfor gretly Vlixes Was fleyt and Dyomedes; Troy-bk. ii. 150.
Quhilkis lettres war takin be the gait, and the man bostit and fleit; 1523 Treas. Acc. V. 214.
I am brocht in ane greit fantasie, Quhilk hes me maid richt fleit and als affeird; Rolland Seven S. 446.
And thair wer not a God abone, I wald be fleit … That all suld gang to wrak; 1572 Sat. P. xxxi. 53.
I beguith to grow fleit, and suspect sum evil agans the King; 1600 Crim. Trials II. 251.

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