hightail it

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Related to hightail it: tail end, tail off, curtails


 (hī′tāl′) Slang
intr.v. high·tailed, high·tail·ing, high·tails
To go as fast as possible, especially in fleeing: hightailed out of town.
hightail it
To hurry or flee.

[From those animals that raise their tails when fleeing.]

hightail it

- Refers to animals, such as mustangs and rabbits, that raise their tails high when fleeing danger.
See also related terms for rabbits.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.hightail it - fleehightail it - flee; take to one's heels; cut and run; "If you see this man, run!"; "The burglars escaped before the police showed up"
go forth, leave, go away - go away from a place; "At what time does your train leave?"; "She didn't leave until midnight"; "The ship leaves at midnight"
flee, take flight, fly - run away quickly; "He threw down his gun and fled"
skedaddle - run away, as if in a panic
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Sometimes a pup with the best bloodlines money can buy will hightail it for no good reason.
When they knock off their day school, they hightail it off to private schools and arrive home at 11pm.
With mum Kerry 'borrowing' Dan's camper van Hettie, Amy snatches Kyle from playgroup, and they hightail it out of the village.
With mum Kerry 'borrowing' Dan's camper van Hettie, Amy snatches Kyle from playgroup at the community centre, and they hightail it out of the village.
We sense that even as the photographer slowly, carefully took in her surroundings, she was poised to hightail it out of there at any moment, should the unwelcome sound of another's footsteps be heard in the distance.
Hightail it to your counselor and beg for a transfer to an easier class.
Kohlschreiber, the top seed in the Austrian Alps this week, was 5-2 before the tournament started but the German drifted to 5-1 when it was thought he might have to hightail it to Wimbledon to fulfil his London Olympics berth.
Best friends Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau pile into their beat-up old car and hightail it for Sin City.
They return as their Canadian cousins hightail it home in the spring.
No matter how far away from home he is, and no matter how needless the device may be in a practical sense, he is impelled to hightail it back to his house and reconnect with the world.
State officials weighed Denham's history of leaving the state, his criminal history, the fact that Fort Worth police had arrested him for the minor offense of shoplifting and the prospect of spending several thousand dollars to retrieve a suspect who would probably hightail it the first time had a chance - and they decided to leave him in Texas.
So you write some prescriptions and hightail it out of the exam room.