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slang To quickly leave some place or move toward a place. "Tracks" refers to footprints. Come on, everybody, let's make tracks for the show before it gets too late. I've got to make tracks right now, but I'll catch up with you tomorrow.
make tracks (for something)
Fig. to move rapidly toward something or some place. The cowboys all made tracks for the chuck wagon. Let's make tracks! Here comes the sheriff.
Move or leave in a hurry, as in If we're going to catch the first show, we'd better make tracks. This term alludes to the footprints left by running. [Slang; early 1800s]
If you make tracks, you leave a place. Webb looked at the clock. `Ten past nine. We might as well be making tracks.' About 8pm, we decided it was time to start making tracks, but we all found it difficult to get going. Note: In this expression, `tracks' are footprints.
make tracks (for)leave (for a place). informal
1984 David Brin Practice Effect We have another big climb ahead of us and another pass to get through. Let's make tracks.
make ˈtracks (for something)(spoken) leave one place to go to another: It’s getting late; I think we’d better make tracks.
tv. to move out of a place fast. Let’s make tracks. We gotta hit Adamsville before noon.
To move or leave in a hurry.
make tracks, to
To leave in a hurry. This nineteenth-century American colloquialism was recorded by Thomas Chandler Haliburton (1796–1865) in his “Sam Slick” papers, which originally appeared in a Nova Scotia weekly in 1836, as well as in several earlier journals. Presumably it alludes to running away with a heavy tread, thereby leaving tracks in the dirt.
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