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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AN adventurous trio took to the hills to raise cash for Breast Cancer Care.
Summary: Hundreds of downhill daredevils took to the hills of Calgary last week for the 11th World Downhill Skateboarding Championships.
HUNDREDS of people took to the hills, streets and reservoir footpaths yesterday as part of this year's Examiner Charity Challenge.
He raised the alarm at around 1pm and members of the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team took to the hills to search for him.
SINGLES today escaped the romance of Valentine's Day as they took to the hills for respite.
Staff at Wales' largest family-run bakery laced up their walking boots and took to the hills to raise money for charity.
He was staying in a tent on a tiny island in the Andamans when the tsunami hit but was unharmed because he took to the hills with the locals.
But he took to the hills to join Arsenal, where he is only a fringe player, so what makes him think that Everton will want him back when he deserted them when things were getting tough at Goodison?
SKI buffs took to the hills yesterday - thanks to a surprise early snowfall.
The Bosnian Serb, who was born in 1950 but apparently does not know which month, took to the hills after learning his brothers had been executed by Croat authorities.
PALMDALE - Palmdale sheriff's station's new off-road enforcement team took to the hills Saturday in their first official patrol since the team's formation nearly three months ago.
More than 200,000 islanders took to the hills when anti-independence militias ran amok.
They took to the hills and harassed the Russian soldiers constantly.
SNOWBOARDERS and skiers took to the hills yesterday as the Cairngorms basked in glorious sunshine and claimed Scotland's hot-spot crown.