head for tall timber

head for (the) tall timber

To flee and hide, particularly in the bushes or trees. Sonny, the cops will find us if we don't head for the tall timber right now!
See also: head, tall, timber
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

head for (the) tall timber

Rur. to run away and hide. When we heard Pa's angry bellow, we headed for the tall timber. The bank robbers headed for tall timber with their loot.
See also: head, tall, timber
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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"It's head for tall timber, and the Greeks take the hindermost," adjudged the cheerful sailor, while Ole was stuttering over what would happen when we came to the end of the river.