prendre le large

The informal French expression “prendre le large” translates literally to “to take the open sea”. As a noun, le large describes the high seas.

English meaning:

  • to run off
  • to hightail it
  • to sail off, to sail away

French meaning:

  • s’éloigner, partir – to get away, leave

Example sentences:

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  • Le cambrioleur de banque a pris le large avec les les sacs d’argent. The bank robber ran off with the money bags.
  • L’Estonia a coulé quand elle a pris large dans la mer Baltique. The Estonia sank when it sailed into the Baltic Sea.

Related expressions:

prendre ses jambes à son cou – to make a run for it, run for your life

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