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head for (the) tall timber

To flee and hide, particularly in the bushes or trees. Sonny, the cops will find us if we don't head for the tall timber right now!
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shiver me timbers

An exclamation of surprise. The phrase originated with sailors (as "shiver one's timbers" meant to destroy one's ship) and is usually used today in cartoonish portrayals of pirates. Well, shiver me timbers—I didn't think you were getting into town until tomorrow! You got cast as a pirate in the play? I bet you have one line—"Shiver me timbers!"
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take to the tall timber(s)

To leave quickly and covertly. Primarily heard in US. I think Adam took to the tall timber—no one has seen or heard from him in weeks The foreign army swept into the country, brought down the dictatorship, then took to the tall timbers just as quickly.
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1. obsolete A wooden leg. The way Sophie comes banging down the stairs in that walking boot, it sounds like she's got a timber-toe!
2. obsolete By extension, someone who has a wooden leg. Is it true that our great-grandfather was a timber-toe when he came back from the war?
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

head for (the) tall timber

Rur. to run away and hide. When we heard Pa's angry bellow, we headed for the tall timber. The bank robbers headed for tall timber with their loot.
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tall timber(s)

some remote place in the country or the woods. Oh, Chuck lives out in the tall timbers somewhere. He only has a post office box number. You're not going to move me out into the tall timber somewhere!
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

tall timbers

n. some remote well-forested place; the boondocks. Oh, Chuck lives out in the tall timbers somewhere. He only has a post office box number.
See also: tall, timber
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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The cows had begun moving from the high timbered ridges and had started to concentrate in the lowland river valleys.
In Gehry's foyer areas, visitors seem naturally to navigate about the timbered hull of the auditorium, and towards natural light as it filters past sections of ceiling and the swoosh of balustrades--both plastered white to read as comparatively subsidiary elements.
From Anchorage to the tip of the Kenai Peninsula, a progression of dead treetops cuts the skyline with rust-red gashes in an infestation so devastating it dims even the rugged beauty of the timbered shoreline along Cook Inlet.
On narrow Rue Dinanderie, 16th-century timbered houses lean precariously over the street (medieval pedestrians walked close to walls to avoid slop thrown into the street from second-story windows).
Lying off the hall is the substantial through lounge with inglenook fireplace with Clearview woodburning stove, timbered ceiling, twin glazed doors to the exterior and door to a separate entrance porch.
A feature cast iron staircase leads up to an attractive timbered gallery which is used as a bedroom.
Take a careful look at the timbered building on the left.
The event is the first of 20 special occasions at the half timbered hall during 2003.
We had just learned the timbered tract south of our Wisconsin home was on the market.
A newly opened stable here offers trail rides and overnight pack trips year-round into the tall timbered wildlands of the state park, which is just north of Guerneville and the Russian River, about 75 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Like a golden phoenix, Rising from the ashes, The city was built once more, Glass and concrete replacing, Timbered houses and quaint shops.
Order coffee in the ancient timbered hall then follow well-worn stairs past the minstrel gallery to a four-poster bed.
The national forests and grasslands of Region One stretch from the prairies and badlands of the Dakotas, through eastern Montana's rolling hills and isolated ponderosa-pine woodlands, to the rugged mountaintops and steep, timbered canyons in western Montana and northern Idaho.
QUAINT: the rear garden of the timbered Church Cottages and, inset, a living room has a beamed ceiling
Spring comes grudgingly to the rumpled ridges and timbered valleys of the American West.