take to (one's) heels

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take to (one's) heels

To flee or run away. The youths took to their heels when they heard the police officers approaching.
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take to one's heels

Fig. to run away. The little boy said hello and then took to his heels. The man took to his heels to try to get to the bus stop before the bus left.
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take to one's heels

Run away, as in When the burglar alarm went off they took to their heels. This expression alludes to the fact that the heels are all one sees of a fugitive running away fast. Although similar expressions turned up from Shakespeare's time on, the exact idiom dates only from the first half of the 1800s. Also see show one's heels.
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take to your heels

LITERARY
If you take to your heels, you run away. He took to his heels and rushed out of the room.
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take to your heels (or legs)

run away.
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ˌtake to your ˈheels

run away very quickly: The burglars took to their heels when they heard the police arrive.
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take to (one's) heels

To run away; flee.
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References in classic literature ?
I gave a few halloa, took to my heels, collared my gentleman, and brought him back to where there was already quite a group about the screaming child.
And then I took to my heels for the second time, and I went back to England as soon as I could get my bags packed.
As I walked on and the eerie crunch, crunch sounded behind me, I was seized with terror and took to my heels, staggering blindly among the boulders for four or five miles down to Rothiemurchus Forest.
Needless to say, I took to my heels and must have covered the last 150 yards to our house in record time.