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 ithightailed it out of there

Examples of hightail in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Katz’s with catches: Famed pastrami coming to South Florida," 22 Aug. 2019 The only thing left to do is cancel all of your commitments, cash in your remaining vacation days, go AWOL on adult responsibilities, and hightail it to the beach. Bon Appétit, "Top 10 Beach Snacks According to Me," 22 Aug. 2019 The former Spur turned Toronto into Titletown this summer, hoisted his second career Finals MVP trophy then hightailed it home to Los Angeles. Jeff Mcdonald, ExpressNews.com, "Nine can’t-miss games in the Spurs’ 2019-20 schedule," 12 Aug. 2019 To cut ties with these other women and get himself out of hot water, Ko decided to hightail it out of Japan. Anna Fifield, Washington Post, "‘Great Successor’ book excerpt: Kim Jong Un’s gilded boyhood of chefs, travel and lessons on ruthless rule," 6 June 2019 Those who revel in hot weather should hightail it to Scottsdale, where many properties offer discounted rates for the sizzling summer months. Stephanie Granada, Sunset, "10 July 4th Weekend Trips You Can’t Miss," 22 Jan. 2018 When winter’s frigid winds prevail, most of us can be firmly divided into two distinct camps: those who rejoice, and those who’d prefer to hightail it to warmer climes. Vogue, "Day 12: Embrace the Cold," 12 Nov. 2018 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

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First Known Use of hightail

1908, in the meaning defined above

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“Hightail.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hightail?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=h&file=highta01. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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