[ hahy-teyl ]
/ ˈhaɪˌteɪl /

verb (used without object) Informal.

to go away or leave rapidly: Last we saw of him, he was hightailing down the street.



Are you learning Spanish? Or do you just have an interest in foreign languages? Either way, this quiz on Spanish words for animals is for you.
Question 1 of 13
How do you say “cat” 🐈 in Spanish?

Idioms for hightail

    hightail it, Informal. hurry; rush; scamper: Hightail it down to the grocery store and buy some bread for lunch.

Origin of hightail

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90; high + tail1, in reference to the raised tails of fleeing animals, as deer or rabbits
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

Example sentences from the Web for hightail

  • High-Tail, having eaten the carrot, decided to go elsewhere.

    Partners of Chance|Henry Herbert Knibbs
  • When they arrived, High-Tail had made his third round of the corral, with Jimmy still attached to the rope.

    Partners of Chance|Henry Herbert Knibbs
  • I jest held my loop in front of some carrots and High-Tail shoves his head into it.

    Partners of Chance|Henry Herbert Knibbs
  • So, as I was saying, we swipe two single-seaters from their trick airdrome and high-tail for the Russian front.

British Dictionary definitions for hightail

/ (ˈhaɪˌteɪl) /


(intr) informal, mainly US and Canadian to go or move in a great hurryAlso: hightail it
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012