- to go away or leave rapidly: Last we saw of him, he was hightailing down the street.
- hightail it, hurry; rush; scamper: Hightail it down to the grocery store and buy some bread for lunch.
Origin of hightail
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Historical Examples of high-tail
High-Tail, having eaten the carrot, decided to go elsewhere.
When they arrived, High-Tail had made his third round of the corral, with Jimmy still attached to the rope.
So, as I was saying, we swipe two single-seaters from their trick airdrome and high-tail for the Russian front.Dave Dawson on the Russian Front
R. Sidney Bowen
I jest held my loop in front of some carrots and High-Tail shoves his head into it.
- (intr) informal, mainly US and Canadian to go or move in a great hurryAlso: hightail it