turn tail and run

turn tail and run

To run away or flee, usually in fear. The burglars turned tail and ran at the sound of our security alarm.
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turn tail (and run)

tv. to flee; to run away in fright. I couldn’t just turn tail and run, but I wasn’t going to fight that monster either.
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A frightened animal may draw its tail between its legs, or it may turn tail and run. If the fleeing animal has a white tail, the flash of white can leave a keen impression.
Trent Lott (R-Miss.) would rather turn tail and run. When CNN's "Crossfire," newly fortified with liberals Paul Begala and James Carville, re-launched in April, conservatives caused a stir by trying to encourage a GOP boycott of the show--prompted, insiders say, by DeLay and Lott.