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Date: 1600-1700
Origin: Exodus, which describes how the Israelites left Egypt

exodus

noun
     
ex‧o‧dus [singular]
a situation in which a lot of people leave a particular place at the same time
exodus of
A massive exodus of doctors is forcing the government to recruit from abroad.
exodus from/to
the exodus from the countryside to the towns in the 19th century
I joined the mass exodus for drinks during the interval.

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