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hightail it out of (somewhere)

To depart very quickly. The phrase refers to the way some animals raise their tails when fleeing. We hightailed it out of the party when we heard police sirens approaching.
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hightail it out of (somewhere)

Rur. to run or ride a horse away from somewhere fast; to leave in a hurry. (Typically heard in western movies.) Here comes the sheriff. We'd better hightail it out of here. Look at that guy go. He really hightailed it out of town.
See also: hightail, of, out
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We sense that even as the photographer slowly, carefully took in her surroundings, she was poised to hightail it out of there at any moment, should the unwelcome sound of another's footsteps be heard in the distance.
Luckily, Hastie managed to hightail it out of there before the dark exploiters of the world could catch him.
"Then you take that cage and you put it in the middle of a city, you open it, and you hightail it out of there.
"If the canaries fell dead, the miners would hightail it out of there," Scannell said.