take to one's heels

Definition of take to one's heels

  1. :  to begin to run away They took to their heels when they saw the policeman approaching.

Word by Word Definitions

takeplay
  1. :  to get into one's hands or into one's possession, power, or control: such as

    :  to seize or capture physically

    :  to get possession of (fish or game) by killing or capturing

  1. :  a distinct or personal point of view, outlook, or assessment

    :  a distinct treatment or variation

    :  an act or the action of taking: such as

heelplay heels
  1. :  the back of the human foot below the ankle and behind the arch

    :  the part of the hind limb of other vertebrates that is similar in structure to the human heel

    :  an anatomical structure suggestive of the human heel

  1. :  to furnish (a boot, a shoe, etc.) with a solid attachment forming the part of the sole that is under the back of the foot :  to attach a heel (see 1heel 4b) to

    :  to supply especially with money or information

    :  to exert pressure on, propel, or strike (someone or something) with the back part of the foot

  1. :  to lean to one side :  tip

    :  to lean temporarily (as from the action of wind or waves) — compare list

    :  to cause (a boat) tolean to one side

  1. :  a tilt (as of a boat) to one side

    :  the extent of such a tilt


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