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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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When Barsam, who needs heart surgery, hightails it to his homeland without warning, peeved Anna leaves hubby and daughter for a week to track him down, finding (surprise!) herself along the way.
Brunette Andrea, 23, hightails it back to the family home in Dundalk, Co Louth, and slips her pinny on whenever she has free time.
At his request, Ake advises the girl to get an abortion and then unwittingly leaves her to die after she hemorrhages while he hightails it off to London for" studies.
Following the omen of an old ring, she hightails it to the local college and enrols her husband and herself in night classes.
When his sword breaks during the first fight, Toppo hightails it back to Yokohama, where he builds a lucrative career as a con man, eventually teaming with foxy con woman Nene (Song Seon-mi).
If he thinks Pwllheli is great why is it that every time he makes a fitness video he hightails it back to the Caribbean?
In company with her cousin-Pradeep, Amudha hightails it to Rameswaram to find her real mom, whom the camp authorities confirm came from Sri Lanka.
She even thinks it's funny when John-boy steals Trick's prized Beemer and hightails it back to North Carolina.