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

Examples of hightail in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But a woman — and all the women in the audience — will endorse her decision to hightail it in the opposite direction. Peter Debruge, Variety, 9 May 2022 Families with little kids often hightail it out, but the native of Spain wanted to settle down in a walkable city with a European flair. Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 Dec. 2021 Additionally, this totalitarian system produces only poverty and hunger, and these poor, hungry people hightail it to the United States. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 19 Apr. 2021 Fox hired two drivers to hightail it from the port to the festival. Margaret Littman, Fortune, 24 Apr. 2020 Once Ratzinger has been elected, Bergoglio hightails it back to Argentina and never looks back. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 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, 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, 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, 22 Aug. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of hightail

1908, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

20 May 2022

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“Hightail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hightail. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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