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Fle, v.1 Also: fley, flee, flie. P.t. flaw, flew. P.p. flowyne, flowin, floun. [ME. flie, fleye, fleȝe(n, ONhb. fléᵹa, OE. fléᵹan, fléoᵹan.]

1. Of birds, etc.: To fly with wings. (a) Angelis he has sene Fle vpe & doune; Leg. S. xxvii. 1179.
Than com a dou of hewin fleand; Ib. xxviii. 596.
The swallowe so swyft … is forthwart to fle; Howlat 140.
[The bat] in the gloming cummis furth to fle; Henr. Fab. 1631.
A federem on he tuke And schupe in Turky for to fle; Dunb. xxxiii. 60.
The wyld geis … Atour the cite fleand hard I glyde; Doug. vii. Prol. 110.
As ȝe knaw, to fle I haue na wingis; Rolland Seven S. 7255.
Lyk ane cran … That man tak ay nyne steppis befoir scho flie; Polwart Flyt. 733 (T).
Crows flee but where the carion lyes; Craig i. 35/12.
He … did sie a great many corbies … fleing about the deponents hous; 1688 Reg. Privy C. 3 Ser. XIII. 255.
(b) He … flaw, as he a foule had bene; Leg. S. i. 564.
He tuke his flicht, and ouer the feildis flaw; Henr. Fab. 2893.
The ravinnis … flawe away as thai war fane; Seven S. 2681.
He with gret fard of weyngis flaw throu the sky; Doug. i. v. 127.
Furth flew the dow, at Noyis command; Lynd. Mon. 1483.
As she was wount, she flaw Athort the skyes; James VI Ess. 45.
A bissat … vsd hir, vhen the halk fleu out; Montg. Misc. P. xviii. 60.
(c) The erne … Quhene he is flowyne to mast hicht; Leg. S. xiii. 80.
Quhar … the birdis be flowin and the nestis be fundin in the treis; 1424 Acts II. 6/1.
Quhair Chantecleir … wes flowin fra his nest; Henr. Fab. 420.
Quhen he had flowin abuf the army, he evanyst sone; Bell. Boece I. 153 (M).

2. Of things or persons: To move with the speed of flying; to spring smartly (in pieces). To let fle, to discharge or throw with speed and force. (1) He tasit the vyre and leit it fle; Barb. v. 623.
Scho couth gere rayne … fle fra oure the fayre walays; Troy-bk. i. 418.
Sternys in the ayre fleand Wes sene; Wynt. vi. 77.
Bayn and brayn he gert in pecis fle; Wall. ii. 50.
The scheld in fardellis can fle; Gol. & Gaw. 1019.
Now fleys the stanys, and now the broyndis of fyre; Doug. i. iii. 94.
Quhen the wedder bene most fair, The dust fleis hiest in the air; Lynd. Syde Taillis 32.
He could … Ane flaine lat fle with bow; 1567 Sat. P. iii. 32.
To make your balls flee whistling in the air; Adamson Muses Thr. 18.
(b) Out-our thair hedis flaw the stane; Barb. x. 626.
Stanis and flagmontis flaw him fra; Alex. i. 3146.
The suerd flaw fra him a fur breid; Wall. i. 405.
The sparkis flaw in the feild; Gol. & Gaw. 857.
The schaft flaw furth belyve; Doug. x. viii. 107.
Baith thair speiris in sindrie flaw; Lynd. Meldrum 451.
(2) Of the standart doun he flaw; Alex. ii. 9197.
As fyre of flint thay [sc. the dogs] ouer the feildis flaw; Henr. Fab. 544.
Thurlgill thrang till a club So fers he flaw in a dub; Colk. Sow i. 220.
Baith hors and man flawe to the erd; Dunb. xxvii. 86.
About the quhilk pepill onnowmerabill … fleys fast; Doug. vi. xi. 63.
Thow may se thame as it war fleand athortal the buikis of Godis law; Winȝet II. 64/5.

b. Of fame or rumours: To spread rapidly. Throw Scotland, … Fleyis on weyng thi fame; Dunb. vii. 50.
Of this batell the greit mortalitie … Throw Albione … it flaw; Stewart 7576.
The … name of this weirlyk chiftane dois fle and pas athort the mouthis of all men; 1594 Misc. Bann. C. III. 169.
A flagrant scandall which was fleeing abroad; 1664 Alford Rec. 86.

c. To let fle, to strike; to deliver (a blow). With ane bright brand … He leit fle to the freke; Gol. & Gaw. 978.
Symone a felloun flap lait fle; Freiris Berw. 553.

d. To fle upon, to attack. With al kynd of crudelitie, thay flie vpon the … inhabitans of the cuntrey; Dalr. I. 208/35.
Gif tha had floun vpon the religioune; Ib. II. 373/22.

3. a. intr. To fly a hawk. Gladys … The falconeyr rych ryver onto fleyn [Sm. our to flene]; Doug. v. Prol. 4.

b. Of a hawk: To fly at (game). I heir his maiestie gatt a fyne entermiwit goshalk … I heir shee fleis the herrin [= heron]; 1614 Lett. & St. P. Jas. VI. 238.

4. Of a flag: To flutter, wave in the wind. With … drummes, & colours fleeing … King James they goe a seeing; 1618 Lithgow Poet. Rem. 37.

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