hightail

hightail

[hahy-teyl]
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:
1885–90, Americanism; high + tail1, in reference to the raised tails of fleeing animals, as deer or rabbits

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hightail (ˈhaɪˌteɪl)
 
vb
informal chiefly (US), (Canadian) (intr) Also: hightail it to go or move in a great hurry

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