head for the hills

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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: head, hill

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: head, hill

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.
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With a bounty on his head, Michael (Murphy) heads for the hills, with mobster Perrier (Gleeson) and his gang on his trail.
Plus, Adam Henson heads for the hills to search for sheep that could provide a farmer with an easier life.
OOH me head - a bleary Mark Owen heads for the hills after he and the Take That team knocked back so much champers at their post-Brits bash, they clean forgot to take both their gongs with them.
This week Irene heads for the Hills (well, India) in EastEnders with daughter Sarah, so perhaps they'll meet up with backpackers Tony and Simon, who disappeared on their travels last year.