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What is the meaning of reeling in flight?

He has destroyed host and sent the lords of Trident reeling in flight.

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  • I think it's staggering but I'm not sure.
    – Schwale
    Dec 10, 2015 at 3:32
  • Reel, in, and flight are all in the dictionary. Which word gives you trouble? What definitions have you found and why have they not made sense? Which dictionaries have you checked?
    – user20792
    Dec 10, 2015 at 4:23

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Reel

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2.lose one's balance and stagger or lurch violently

They were so eager to get away that they lost their footing. The imagery is of individuals being trampled upon in a general "everyone for himself" rush to escape.

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