Sauve-qui-peut definition

sōv kē pö
A frantic rush to escape.
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Sauve qui peut is defined as French for a rush to escape. The phrase is French and literally means "save himself who can" and has come to mean "every man for himself."

An example of the use of "sauve qui peut" is running away from attackers such as in the sentences, "The attackers are coming. Sauve qui peut!" which means "The attackers are coming. If you can save yourself, do it!"

An example of the use of "sauve qui peut" is a rush to escape a sinking boat such as in the sentences, "The boat is sinking. Sauve qui peut," which means "The boat is sinking. Every man for himself."

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