prendre la poudre d’escampette

The French expression “prendre la poudre d’escampette” translates literally to “to take flight or escape powder”.

English meanings:

  • to bolt
  • to take to your heels

French meanings:

  • s’enfuir – to flee

Example sentence:

  • C’était un prisonnier modèle pendant cinq ans mais un jour il a pris la poudre d’escampette. He was a model prisoner for five years but one day he bolted.

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