high·​tail | \ ˈhī-ˌtāl How to pronounce hightail (audio) \
hightailed; hightailing; hightails

Definition of hightail

intransitive verb

: to move at full speed or rapidly often in making a retreat usually used with it hightailed it out of there

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Examples of hightail in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fox hired two drivers to hightail it from the port to the festival. Margaret Littman, Fortune, "Coronavirus turns the outdoor industry’s crucial spring season into its most challenging in years," 24 Apr. 2020 Once Ratzinger has been elected, Bergoglio hightails it back to Argentina and never looks back. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "The Two Popes Is a Portrait of Complicated Friendship—With a Dash of Papal Pizazz," 26 Nov. 2019 Living in Stockholm since her split from husband Mattias (Sverrir Gudnason), Alice (Ane Dahl Torp) hightails it to a small far-northern community after receiving an alarming phone call from young son Vincent (Troy Lundkvist). Todd Mccarthy, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Charter': Film Review | Sundance 2020," 4 Feb. 2020 The culprit, a 31-year-old woman, allegedly followed up on the attack by snatching the man’s phone off the table and hightailing it out of the restaurant. Josh Koehn, SFChronicle.com, "The Scanner: Law enforcement ‘vigilant’ against looters during Kincade Fire," 4 Nov. 2019 Forget all the conditions, just book a JetBlue flight to LaGuardia and hightail it to Katz’s itself (be prepared to wait in line and tip your slicer). Michael Mayo, sun-sentinel.com, "Katz’s with catches: Famed pastrami coming to South Florida," 22 Aug. 2019 The only thing left to do is cancel all of your commitments, cash in your remaining vacation days, go AWOL on adult responsibilities, and hightail it to the beach. Bon Appétit, "Top 10 Beach Snacks According to Me," 22 Aug. 2019 The former Spur turned Toronto into Titletown this summer, hoisted his second career Finals MVP trophy then hightailed it home to Los Angeles. Jeff Mcdonald, ExpressNews.com, "Nine can’t-miss games in the Spurs’ 2019-20 schedule," 12 Aug. 2019 To cut ties with these other women and get himself out of hot water, Ko decided to hightail it out of Japan. Anna Fifield, Washington Post, "‘Great Successor’ book excerpt: Kim Jong Un’s gilded boyhood of chefs, travel and lessons on ruthless rule," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of hightail

1908, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hightail was in 1908

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“Hightail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hightail. Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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