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Fleeing Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Flee \Flee\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Fled; p. pr. & vb. n. Fleeing.] [OE. fleon, fleen, AS. fle['o]n (imperf. fle['a]h); akin to D. vlieden, OHG. & OS. fliohan, G. fliehen, Icel. fl?ja (imperf. fl??i), Dan. flye, Sw. fly (imperf. flydde), Goth. pliuhan. (?) 8
  1. Cf. Flight.] To run away, as from danger or evil; to avoid in an alarmed or cowardly manner; to hasten off; -- usually with from. This is sometimes omitted, making the verb transitive. [He] cowardly fled, not having struck one stroke. --Shak. Flee fornication. --1 Cor. vi. 18. So fled his enemies my warlike father. --Shak. Note: When great speed is to be indicated, we commonly use fly, not flee; as, fly hence to France with the utmost speed. ``Whither shall I fly to 'scape their hands?'' --Shak. See Fly, v. i., 5.
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The "fight-or-flight response", also called the "fight-or-flight-or-freeze response", the "fright, fight or flight response", "hyperarousal" or the "acute stress response", was first described by Walter Bradford Cannon.

His theory states that animals react to threats with a general discharge of the sympathetic nervous system, priming the animal for fighting or fleeing. This response was later recognized as the first stage of a general adaptation syndrome that regulates stress responses among vertebrates and other organisms.

Catecholamine hormones facilitate immediate physical reactions associated with a preparation for violent muscular action. These include the following:

A typical example of the stress response is a grazing zebra, calmly maintaining homeostasis. If the zebra sees a lion closing in for the kill, the stress response is activated. The escape requires intense muscular effort, supported by all of the body’s systems. The sympathetic nervous system’s activation provides for these needs. A similar example involving fight is of a cat about to be attacked by a dog. The cat shows accelerated heartbeat, piloerection (hair standing on end, normally for conservation of heat), and pupil dilation, all signs of sympathetic arousal.

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* A high heart ought to bear calamities and not flee them, since in bearing them appears the grandeur of the mind and in fleeing them the cowardice of the heart. - Pietro Aretino

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