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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

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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So, she comes up with a Plan B of selling her share in the club to Phil and hightailing it out of Walford, but how will Hunter take the news?
'Burgis na burgis nga, eh!' said our friend and officemate Dindin-who was at Edsa I when she was this small, and was among the first to arrive and last to leave last Wednesday-relating how she and her friends had their car valet-parked in Ortigas before hightailing it to the rally earlier that afternoon.
He had no contact with the public and precious little with reporters before hightailing it back to Cardiff Airport via Marco's cafe in Barry Island.
When wearing the glasses, which Pontz refers to as his ''eyes,'' he can identify and grab his cat and figure out that a flash of light is his grandson hightailing it to the kitchen.
Last I saw of one of them was her hightailing it through Heathrow Airport with a suitcase to get home in time for Downton.
on a Friday, and while typical office employees would be hightailing it to the elevators, WonderEight's co-founder and creative director looked content and at times even enthusiastic to be there.
Nepomuceno reacts, shooting Shears in the thigh and then hightailing it out of town.
We're used to foreign performers plumping for a cheque from either Dubai or Abu Dhabi for a monster gig, and then hightailing it out of here the minute they last note leaves their lips.
Shortly after the mole gave Mileage Mead the heads up that Bully and his new BFF, John Quinlan, had signed up to run in the GOP House primary in MV, Mead ran up a coupla miles hightailing it to the town hall to sign up himself.
The unseasonably warm weather has led to an explosion in the rodent population and a predicted cold snap could see them hightailing it for your home.
Rather than waiting until around 500,000 years ago to head into South Asia, as many researchers have thought, the African hand ax crowd wasted relatively little time before hightailing it to India, Pappu's team concludes in the March 25 Science.
Rather than waiting until around 500,000 years ago to head into South Asia, as many researchers have thought, the African hand axe crowd wasted relatively little time before hightailing it to India.
However, when the person who's hightailing it half-way through is leading track bookmaker John Humphreys, it's a bit puzzling, especially as general manager Barry Stanton was overheard emphasising the commitment of his bookmakers.
Now the unwanted drama of a strike has skittish producers auditioning different locales and hightailing it out of Dodge.
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.