run for the hills


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run for the hills

1. To move to higher ground, as in preparation for or in response to a natural disaster. There are bound to be tidal waves after an earthquake like that. We'd better run for the hills!
2. To flee hastily; to clear out or depart quickly. Uh oh, Uncle Jerome's been drinking again. Run for the hills, everyone! The staff all ran for the hills when it was announced that there would be a stock-take at the end of the shift.
See also: hill, run
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I want to hike up the dress and run for the hills in contrast with growing up and becoming responsible.
A welcome change from the gray water of the ending winter, but not pleasant enough to stave off the fear in children and wildlife who will turn and run for the hills with the idea that the Fermi lab had some terrible nuclear experiment go ary.
RUN for the hills because next week the disaster zone that is John Prescott is to have his finger hovering over the nuclear button
If you see Deirdre's neck muscles tighten and her eyes go all Marty Feldman behind those bins, run for the hills.
Nor should women run for the hills just because they can see a little chrome on a man's dome.