"On the flee"

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rmb
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"On the flee"

Post by rmb » Sat Aug 19, 2006 8:34 pm

Hello. I saw the phrase "on the flee" used here and there, even in some books. The word "flee" ranks as a verb in all the dictionaries i came across. Is this "on the flee" nevertheless acceptable in standard or even litterary english or is it considered a linguistic offense?
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fleeing

Post by Pilgrim » Tue Aug 22, 2006 8:21 am

Flee is definitely a verb in any dictionary... but I have read and heard the phrase too many times to discount it.

"on the flee" usually means that you are running away, and just because it is not an 'official' phrase I wouldn't count it as an error. How did all the other phrases come about? Basically through being accepted.

So I would say use it if you need to :) Maybe one day it will be accepted as an official phrase, maybe never.

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Post by rmb » Tue Aug 22, 2006 1:47 pm

Thank you, Pilgrim, for this answer.

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