take to the hills

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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
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In the first he takes to the hills overlooking Abergavenny where he scales the Skirrid, an accessible hill that feels like a proper mountain.
When war comes, Harold joins up while Daniel, displaying a different brand of courage, takes to the hills.
A children's hospice is set to benefit when a Teesside surgeon takes to the hills.
IRELAND takes to the hills today and all sport is suspended as the nation celebrates the jubilee pilgrimage.