take a hike

idiomatic phrase
variants: or less commonly take a walk

Definition of take a hike

informal
: to go away : leave They paid Miss Beane to take a hike. She came back when the money ran out …— Darryl Pinckney Ewing's dissatisfaction with a sinking team and the absence of a person in the organization with whom he feels close would seem to make him all too willing to take a hike.— Jack McCallum "But after someone does her in, you'll swing into action. Then you'll be able to spare a dozen men." "Take a walk," Quirk said.— Robert B. Parker "I was lucky enough to get the job with the Cubs 20 years ago and I'm going to hang on to it until they tell me to go take a hike."— Pat Hughes

First Known Use of take a hike

1944, in the meaning defined above

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“Take a hike.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take%20a%20hike. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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