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head for the hills

1. To move to higher ground, as in preparation for or response to a natural disaster. There are bound to be tsunamis after an earthquake like that. We'd better head for the hills!
2. To flee hastily; to clear out or depart quickly. You better head for the hills before mom comes home and sees what you did to her car. The bandits all headed for the hills when they heard the marshal was riding into town.
See also: for, head, hill
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

head for the hills

 and take to the hills; run for the hills 
1. Lit. to flee to higher ground. The river's rising. Head for the hills! Head for the hills! Here comes the flood!
2. Fig. to depart quickly. Here comes crazy Joe. Run for the hills. Everyone is heading for the hills because that boring Mr. Simpson is coming here again.
See also: for, head, hill
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

head for (or take to) the hills

run away; decamp.
2003 The Press (York) Marisa fears Marshall will head for the hills as soon as he discovers this elegant young woman's true identity.
See also: for, head, hill
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Hiding under the 'anonymity for commercial sensitivity' label his staff have wined and dined a plethora of corpulent businessmen, over-the-hill sportsmen, showbiz luvvies and millionaires on worldwide freebie tours paid for with our money, at a time when patients are denied life-saving drugs and have to pay for parking at hospitals, our jobs are being taken by Poles and Portuguese, affordable housing is at a premium, our pensioners are struggling to pay for rising fuel costs, schools and post offices are closing and our loyal supporters are heading for the hills.
Climbers determined to make the most of their holiday were still heading for the hills yesterday despite the treacherous weather.
HIP HOP collective Extra Curricular are heading for the hills to wow the crowds at LuddFest.
Carol Williams, who is the tourism growth area development officer at Brecon Beacons National Park, said, 'This is the first of its kind for a national park so, whether you're looking for a relaxing ride on quiet country lanes and canal towpaths, or you're more adventurous and fancy heading for the hills for a dose of excitement, these new cycle routes have something for everyone.