Definition of hightail
: 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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The travel bug bit Vanessa Axente, whose windblown blonde and ready smile brightened Iceland’s rugged terrain, and Lily Donaldson, who hightailed to Texas to make a becoming argument for hat hair.
That chase, which began when a Broward sheriff’s deputy saw a car near the shooting scene in the 2800 block of Southwest 55th Avenue, ended in Hollywood near Buchanan and Southwest 70th Avenue when three men hightailed it out of the car.
Marnie hightailed it out of there, and never looked back.
Osweiler showed his speed in escaping threats off the field by hightailing it away from the prop.
A reader named Pat asked us why every few days a cat would go into a stranger’s house, where no other cats live, and hightail it into the bedroom.
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