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hightail it out of (somewhere)

Rur. to run or ride a horse away from somewhere fast; to leave in a hurry. (Typically heard in western movies.) Here comes the sheriff. We'd better hightail it out of here. Look at that guy go. He really hightailed it out of town.
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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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Easterhouse has moved on since then - and is well rid of Duncan Smith, who has turned his donkey around and is hightailing it back from Damascus as fast as he can.
Two hours outside the city with just about the same amount of time left til nightfall, and here we go hightailing it out to do battle with the Friday afternoon traffic of Mexico.
Steve's plan to escape Phil's philthy clutches by hightailing it to Los Angeles was frankly rubbish.
Sell the Presidents at two points higher as Steve Elkington is playing rubbish, Ernie Els was not at the races last week, and it is not beyond the bounds of possibility that all 10 will be hightailing out of California before the weekend.
The group also broke with convention when writing the songs for the new album, holing up in a Nashville cabin together until the songs were completed, and then hightailing it down to Orlando, FL, to record the new CD with producer Johnny K.
Especially the hordes of young turtles hightailing from their nests to the safety of water.
They wanted a guarantee they could get out safely rather than hightailing it with the KLA on their backs.
Classic movie names, including Kathryn Grayson and Howard Keel, are hightailing it to Las Vegas this weekend, when filmmaking great George Sidney (``Show Boat,'' ``Kiss Me Kate,'' ``Annie Get Your Gun'' .
When the gang is finally reunited, they can't seem to shake the beast as it spreads its icy terror and they find themselves hightailing it through ancient monasteries, underground caverns and even outracing an avalanche.
TALKING about packing bags, I was intrigued to hear that thousands of Scottish businessmen, large and small, will be hightailing it out of Scotland if the Nats ever get power and keep this contentious penny on our taxes.
The unseasonably warm weather has led to an explosion in the rodent population and a predicted cold snap could see them hightailing it for your home.