To go as fast as possible, especially in fleeing: hightailed out of town.
To hurry or flee.
[From those animals that raise their tails when fleeing.]
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– Refers to animals, such as mustangs and rabbits, that raise their tails high when fleeing danger.
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|Verb||1.||hightail it – flee; take to one’s heels; cut and run; “If you see this man, run!”; “The burglars escaped before the police showed up”
fly the coop, head for the hills, lam, run away, scarper, scat, take to the woods, turn tail, run, bunk, break away, escape
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