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hightail

[hahy-teyl] /ˈhaɪˌteɪl/
verb (used without object), Informal.
1.
to go away or leave rapidly:
Last we saw of him, he was hightailing down the street.
Idioms
2.
hightail it, hurry; rush; scamper:
Hightail it down to the grocery store and buy some bread for lunch.
Origin of hightail
1885-1890
1885-90, Americanism; high + tail1, in reference to the raised tails of fleeing animals, as deer or rabbits
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  • A good dozen, however, saw what was happening in time to swerve their mounts and hightail it away.

    The Pirates of Ersatz Murray Leinster
  • After taking so much we'd spook like crazy animals and hightail for the woods over not making footprints.

    Eight Keys to Eden Mark Irvin Clifton
British Dictionary definitions for hightail

hightail

/ˈhaɪˌteɪl/
verb
1.
(intransitive) (informal, mainly US & Canadian) to go or move in a great hurry Also hightail it
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Slang definitions & phrases for hightail

hightail

v,v phr

  1. To leave quickly; light out: She took one look and hightailed for home
  2. To speed; rush; highball: We better hightail it if we want to make the first show (1925+ Cowboys)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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