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Fleme, v. Also: fleyme, fleime, flieme, fleem, flame. [ME. fleme, flemen, OE. Flíeman, flýman.]

1. tr. To drive (a person) into exile; to banish. c1420 Wynt. iii. 512.
Owt off that cuntre Fra kyth and kyne wes flemyd he
?1438 Alex. ii. 2663.
To fleme thare awin men, oft-sys Tynsall fallis in mony wys
1513 Doug. viii. vi. 47.
Me also … Banist and flemyt of my native land
1533 Boece xi. xvii. 439 b.
Sweno … be continuale invasioun and trubill being ouresett exul and flemyt
1546 Lynd. Trag. Card. 175.
He … was, within schort space, Forfaltit and flemit
1570 Sat. P. xviii. 52.
As war thay bouchers … Quha flemit ar for thair deuillische deuysis
a1578 Pitsc. I. 212/7.
He flimed the duik and pat the erle to deid
1540 Lynd. Sat. (1602) 1664.
That ȝe wald … fleime from him ȝon Ladie Sensuall
1626 Garden Worthies 54.
I misfortoun'd fell, confyn'd, & fleem'd
fig. a1508 Kennedy Pass. Christ 458.
Ire is thair gid, feid flemes him fra ressoun
c1590 J. Stewart 19/167.
As sensles vycht from all guid fortoune fleim'd

b. transf. or fig. with non-personal object. c1450-2 Howlat 696.
In flesche tyme quhen the fische war away flemyt
1456 Hay II. 26/29.
Quhen foly … is with the order of knychthede, wit and resoun … ar flemyt tharefra
a1500 Henr. III. 106/13.
Fredowme is flemyt al the lordis fro
1513 Doug. viii. Prol. 8.
Frendschip flemyt is in Frans and faith hes the flycht
1528 Lynd. Dreme 62.
The snaw and sleit … flemit Flora frome euery bank and bus
1535 Stewart 3065.
He flemit law, put justice to the horne
1558 Q. Kennedy Tractive 152.
Geve the Kirk had the auld ancient libertie, … than sulde all hereseis be flemit
1585 James VI Ess. 67.
Were fassons fliemde, they micht be found in thé

c. To banish from (a country). 1456 Hay II. 82/29.
Fule larges, throu the quhilk all provisioun and gude policy is flemyt the realme
1533 Boece i. viii. 53 b.
Vtheris of Pichtis blude … quhilkis war flemit thair native realme
Ib. xi. x. 426 b.
Of this murthure Ferleig resauit condigne punycioun, for he was flemyt the cuntre

2. To drive out or away; to expel. c1475 Wall. xi. 1124.
Allace, quha sall the Saxons fra thé flem
c1500-c1512 Dunb. xxxviii. 34.
The presone [is] brokin, the jevellours fleit and flemit
a1508 Kennedy Pass. Christ 929.
Now pane, now wo, all confort fra thaim flemes
c1500-c1512 Dunb. xxx. 44.
In me wes falsat … ,Quhilk mycht be flemit with na haly watter
1513 Doug. vii. Prol. 140.
I … Schupe with hayt flambe to fleym the fresyng fell
1559 Soc. Ant. XI. 520.
We ar debarrit fra the proffettis of our benefices and flemit of the cuntre quhair the samin lyis
1566 Reg. Privy C. I. 460.
The said James … is flemit fra his awin hous, and dar nocht resort thairto

3. To put away from oneself; to refrain from. c1460 Wisd. Sol. 806.
All men suld fleme ire fra thaim
c1475 Wall. ii. 338.
Lat sklandyr be, and flemyt out of ȝour thocht
a1499 Contempl. Sinn. 1122.
Fleme fra thé fraude & falss effectioun

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