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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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WE PULLED 200 POINTS at the team showdown, but while all the other teams were hightailing it West, we still had to do our challenges in Fort Collins, which meant another day in Colorado.
Former Navy Secretary John Lehman, a member of the Bipartisan Commission investigating 9/11, described Kerik's performance in the aftermath of the attack as "not worthy of the Boy Scouts." Newsday columnist Ellis Henican points out that Kerik was appointed to reconstruct Iraq's civilian police force, but ended up "hightailing it out of there after a disastrous 14 weeks, leaving the place far less safe than he found it."
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Easterhouse has moved on since then - and is well rid of Duncan Smith, who has turned his donkey around and is hightailing it back from Damascus as fast as he can.
Two hours outside the city with just about the same amount of time left til nightfall, and here we go hightailing it out to do battle with the Friday afternoon traffic of Mexico.