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hightail it

Go as fast as possible, especially in leaving; rush off. For example, With the police now searching for them, they hightailed it out of town, or When Jane remembered it was his birthday, she hightailed it to the bakery for a cake. This expression alludes to the raised tail of a rabbit or other animal that is fleeing. [Colloquial; late 1800s]
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ˈhightail it

(informal, especially American English) leave somewhere very quickly: As soon as the bell went for the end of lessons, Jack ran out of the school gates and hightailed it for home.
This is a comparison with the way some animals raise their tails when they are running away.
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hightail it

To hurry or flee.
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Then you take that cage and you put it in the middle of a city, you open it, and you hightail it out of there.
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Women, on the other hand, would unashamedly hightail it to the nearest gas station.
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It seemed as though the Kings might have effectively gift-wrapped the series and handed it to Colorado when Emerson jumped over the boards before Luc Robitaille could hightail it to the bench.