hightail it


US, informal
: to leave a place as quickly as possible
When we heard the night watchman, we hightailed it out of there as quick as we could.

Examples of hightail it in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Under the guise of sleeping over at Libby’s, the pair hightail it to New York City. Courtney Howard, Variety, 29 Mar. 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 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 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 Huck’s instinct is to hightail it out of there. Tim Parks, The New York Review of Books, 10 July 2020 See More

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“Hightail it.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hightail%20it. Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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