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hightail

[ hahy-teyl ]
/ ˈhaɪˌteɪl /
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verb (used without object) Informal.
to go away or leave rapidly: Last we saw of him, he was hightailing down the street.
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Idioms about 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
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British Dictionary definitions for hightail

hightail
/ (ˈhaɪˌteɪl) /

verb
(intr) informal, mainly US and Canadian to go or move in a great hurryAlso: hightail it
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