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To leave a place or person quickly or suddenly - synonyms or related words

run off

to suddenly leave a place or person

dash off

to leave quickly or suddenly because you are in a hurry

make off

to leave quickly, especially after doing something wrong



informal to suddenly leave someone that you are with

take off

informal to leave a place suddenly

clear off

to leave a place quickly

shoot off

to leave a place quickly or suddenly



informal to leave or go somewhere very quickly

clear out

informal to leave a place quickly and often permanently



formal to leave a place suddenly in order to escape from a difficult or dangerous situation


gig economy

an employment concept in which people are paid for each specific, short-term task that they do and don't have conventional contracts of employment

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fake news

a sensational piece of news which does not map to reality, created to attract attention or damage somebody's reputation

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