high·tail | \ˈhī-ˌtāl \
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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Our team hightailed it to Robinson’s base in New Mexico to photograph her with one of her missiles — rather more exciting than a fashion shoot. Laura Brown, Time, "Why InStyle’s Editor, Laura Brown, Decided to Launch a Series Celebrating Badass Women," 26 June 2018 In the state liquor store two shops down from the ShopRite, employees saw water coming through the front door and hightailed it out the back. Joseph A. Gambardello, Philly.com, "Recent 48-inch water main breaks in Philadelphia," 3 July 2018 Similar in size to a briefcase or large cereal box, the satellites popped out from the rocket’s upper stage after liftoff and are hightailing it to Mars, right behind InSight. Washington Post, "WALL-E and EVE on their way to Mars with InSight," 5 May 2018 Yes, Tess seems to lock down an apartment and a job shockingly fast for someone who blindly hightailed it to New York without either, but that’s simply speedy storytelling. refinery29.com, "Sweetbitter Review: Restaurant Dramedy Is New York Fantasy For The Modern Day," 1 May 2018 Squeeze in a stop for a quick swim at nearby Unawatuna Beach, then hightail it back to Colombo to catch your flight out. Sarah Khan, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Days Around Colombo, Sri Lanka," 16 Apr. 2018 On the day of their weddings, Atoh and Atsea headed to the church to tie the knot, then hightailed it to the university, wedding gowns and all, to take their final year exam at noon. Cady Lang, Time, "These Two Nigerian Brides Left Their Own Wedding Receptions to Take Their Final Exam," 10 Apr. 2018 Under the Congress Avenue Bridge, at dusk every night, a million bats fly out to hightail it north. Paul J. Weber, chicagotribune.com, "FOMO at SXSW: How to conquer fear of missing out in Austin," 7 Mar. 2018 Matta would have hightailed it off the floor, maybe sign an autograph or two for a kid, but no glad-handing. Bill Landis, cleveland.com, "Thad Matta's coaching search, Ohio State's NCAA Tournament return sync up to cap strange season," 14 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of hightail

1908, in the meaning defined above

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