take to the hills

take to the hills

1. To move to higher ground, as in preparation for or in response to a natural disaster. There are bound to be tidal waves after an earthquake like that. We'd better take to the hills!
2. To flee hastily; to clear out or depart quickly. Uh oh, Uncle Jerome's been drinking again. Take to the hills, everyone! The staff all took to the hills when it was announced that there would be a stock-take at the end of the shift.
See also: hill, take