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

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 According to Postal Service data crunched by the real estate firm CBRE, those who picked up stakes during the pandemic were less likely to hightail to the hinterlands than to move to neighboring, less-dense cities, slightly farther from the downtown core. Aarian Marshall, Wired, 29 Apr. 2021 Huck’s instinct is to hightail it out of there. Tim Parks, The New York Review of Books, 10 July 2020 Seeking solace and a renewal of her seasonal spirit, Angelina and her firecracker assistant Monique (Zenzi Williams) hightail it to upstate New York. Courtney Howard, Variety, 17 Nov. 2022 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

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Word History

First Known Use

1908, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hightail was in 1908

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Cite this Entry

“Hightail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hightail. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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