running into the woods


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Dear all,
this is form the novel by MATSON Morgan Second Chance Summer. The narrator is a seventeen years old girl.

My heart sank a little as I saw Connie from the white house across the street, walking her dog and waving at me. ... There was no avoiding Connie without blatantly ignoring her or turning and running into the woods

Probably the word combination in question does not imply woods as they are but just running away fast and far. Is it so? Is running into the woods a set expression?
  • rhitagawr

    Senior Member
    British English
    The set phrase is There is/was no avoiding. It means that something is inevitable or undeniable. It usually refers to something undesirable. The speaker wishes to avoid Connie but can't.
    Running into the woods has its literal meaning.
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