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intr.v. high·tailed, high·tail·ing, high·tailsIdiom:
To go as fast as possible, especially in fleeing: hightailed out of town.
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.
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|Verb||1.||hightail it - flee; take to one's heels; cut and run; "If you see this man, run!"; "The burglars escaped before the police showed up"|
fly the coop, head for the hills, lam, run away, scarper, scat, take to the woods, turn tail, run, bunk, break away, escape
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"
skedaddle - run away, as if in a panic