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hightail it

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. I hightailed it to the store for cleaning supplies when I heard that my mother-in-law was coming to town.
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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.
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hightail it

Go as fast as possible, especially in leaving; rush off. For example, With the police now searching for them, they hightailed it out of town, or When Jane remembered it was his birthday, she hightailed it to the bakery for a cake. This expression alludes to the raised tail of a rabbit or other animal that is fleeing. [Colloquial; late 1800s]
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ˈhightail it

(informal, especially American English) leave somewhere very quickly: As soon as the bell went for the end of lessons, Jack ran out of the school gates and hightailed it for home.
This is a comparison with the way some animals raise their tails when they are running away.
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hightail it

To hurry or flee.
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Herrschaft eventually slipped away to call Besen, who hightailed it down to Mr.
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He hightailed it to New York and parleyed with a National Distillers executive.
When she trekked to the Mar del Plata Film Festival in Argentina, she didn't stick around to accept the actress award for Augustine, but hightailed it to Buenos Aires where she headlined an impromptu gig with members of Pulp as 'her backing band.
A couple were taken at the station, others were taken from the gasworks bridge (the ladder), before I hightailed it to Roseworth armed with the knowledge from the driver that the engine would be heading that way later.
Duty had its hold on me until 11:59pm on the 25th, when I hightailed it from the End of the Road party straight to the ER.
Fourteen years ago when the Bishop hightailed it out of the county with parish funds in tow, many of his flock would have a different fire in mind to deal with him.
After half an hour, we kissed my engrossed mother goodbye, backed our way carefully out of the place, said a short prayer for her and hightailed it back to Cardiff.
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After directing The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag, he hightailed it out to Bali, only to return again to work as a script doctor.
Ataman said that following a harrowing 1980 military coup, during which he was detained and tortured by police for 38 days (for filming the activities of a left-wing organization), he hightailed it to California, partaking of his first gay experience between flight connections in Amsterdam.
He couldn't wait to show them how, with his phone, he could reserve the last seat on the train as he hightailed it to the station in the morning.
After duping the press about his real destination by purchasing plane tickets to Turkey for himself, wife Antoinette and their five kids, the prexy-turned-pariah apparently hightailed it to Montana, where he holed up at a private ranch.
Upon hang up I hightailed it immediately eastward, leaving caution behind with my mom.
They gave him a couple of hotel rooms." It was not long before Sullivan hightailed it back to Ontario.