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.
See also: and, run, tail, turn

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.
See also: and, run, tail, turn
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A frightened animal may draw its tail between its legs, or it may turn tail and run.
It would be really wimpy of me to turn tail and run away now,'' Gilbert said.