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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It is vitally important that people taking to the hills in winter are equipped with a map and compass, and know how to use them to navigate and to move safely in winter conditions.
Thieves have struck twice now in two weeks, and as we move into spring - and more walkers are taking to the hills - thieves can take advantage of cars being parked up for some time.
FESTIVE season climbers were today warned to prepare for a day out in the Arctic when taking to the hills and mountains of Wales.
Taking to the hills in search of a vision, Curly has an experience which changes his life forever.