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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As for giving the impression that once Prime Minister he'll hightail it off to Brussels and tell the EU what for, I think not, yet again.
Clay Colby is certain his intended will take one look at the burned-out remains of his home and hightail it back to wherever she came from.
NOON I'd pick up my husband and family and we'd hightail it to the Greek Islands, specifically Santorini for some exploring on scooters and cliff jumping into the Aegean.
Even so, you may unwittingly and happily agree to some harebrained plan or idea, and hightail it in time.
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.
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.
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.
They return as their Canadian cousins hightail it home in the spring.