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Dictionary Definition

flee v : run away quickly; "He threw down his gun and fled" [syn: fly, take flight] [also: fled]

User Contributed Dictionary





  • /fliː/, /fli:/
    Rhymes: -iː
  • Homophones: flea



  1. To run away; to escape.
    The prisoner tried to flee, but was caught by the guards.
  2. To escape from.
    Many people fled the country as war loomed.
    Thousands of people moved northward trying to flee the drought.


to run away; to escape
  • Danish: flygte
  • Finnish: paeta, karata
  • German: fliehen, meiden, flüchten
  • Icelandic: flýja
  • Japanese: (, nigeru)
  • Kurdish: ,
  • Latin: fugere, terga vertere
  • Swedish: fly
  • Welsh: ffoi
to escape from
  • Danish: flygte
  • Finnish: paeta, karata
  • German: fliehen, entfliehen, flüchten
  • Icelandic: flýja
  • Japanese: (, nigeru)
  • Kurdish:
  • Swedish: fly
  • Welsh: ffoi


Old English flȳġe, flēoge.



Extensive Definition

Flee is an album by British blues rock musician Jeremy Spencer, who was a member of Fleetwood Mac from 1967-71, and "The Jeremy Spencer Band" (comprised of members of the Children of God new religious movement), with particularly strong input from Michael Fogarty. Released in 1979 (see 1979 in music), this is Spencer's third album apart from Fleetwood Mac, and his second recorded while a member of the Children of God.
This was Spencer's first recorded work in seven years, and was musically far removed from his previous work. It showed his continuing preference for parodying other bands; in this case the whole of Side 2 bears an astonishing resemblance to the contemporary sound of Fleetwood Mac, i.e. a breezy Californian rock style with female vocalists, and a solid thumping drum sound reminiscent of Mick Fleetwood. A coincidence seems unlikely given Spencer's past membership of that band, and the fact that his female vocalists are credited as "The Songbirds" - "Songbird" was a very popular Fleetwood Mac song from the Rumours album just a couple of years earlier.
The album features a heavy disco treatment given to the songs on Side 1, which Spencer was very unhappy with.
"Sunshine" was a reworking of "When I Looked To See The Sunshine" from the Jeremy Spencer and the Children album of 1972. "Cool Breeze" and "Travellin'" were issued as singles in various territories but without great success, and the album was a commercial failure.

Track listing

Side One:
  1. "Deeper" (Rugely)
  2. "Sunshine" (Spencer)
  3. "Love Our Way Outta Here" (Fogarty)
Side Two:
  1. "Flee" (Spencer/Fogarty)
  2. "Cool Breeze (Fogarty/Spencer)
  3. "You've Got The Right" (Fogarty/Spencer)
  4. "Travellin'" (Fogarty/Spencer)



  • Produced by Jeremy Spencer & Michael Fogarty
  • Executive Producer - Ahmet Ertegün
  • Tracks 1-3 produced in association with Silvio Tancredi & Israel Sanchez, mixed with the use of the Aphex Aural Exciter
  • Tracks 1-3 arranged by Armando Noriega with vocal concepts by Phil Anastasi
  • Tracks 4-7 arranged by Jeremy Spencer & Michael Fogarty


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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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