turn tail and run

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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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As he pointed the rifle at one's head, they both turned tail and ran from the store empty-handed.