take a hike

idiomatic phrase

variants or less commonly take a walk
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

Examples of take a hike in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After the event, have a picnic, take a hike or visit the pond. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Mar. 2024 Baker Beach is a great option for picnicking with your family or taking a hike with your dog, as there's a lovely trail along the cliffs that connect to the beach. Adeline Duff, Travel + Leisure, 12 Feb. 2024 Guides set up camp tents as guests take a hike or relax in lawn chairs taking in the grandiose scenery. Pete Zimowsky, Idaho Statesman, 31 Jan. 2024 After visiting the town, take a hike to the top – summiting Monemvasia is a key experience on any Peloponnesian visit. Rick Steves, Chicago Tribune, 30 Jan. 2024 Here’s an idea: join your local land trust and take a hike. David Holahan, Hartford Courant, 14 Jan. 2024 Spend time on those same trails, taking a hike through the verdant landscapes. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 3 Nov. 2023 Or take a hike down inside, with one excellent choice being a steep mile on the South Kaibab Trail to Ooh-Aah Point. Mike Bezemek, Outside Online, 13 Apr. 2023 From there, explore Indian Tunnel and take a hike around Broken Top Loop trail. Josh Laskin, Travel + Leisure, 1 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1944, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of take a hike was in 1944

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“Take a hike.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take%20a%20hike. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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