high-tail v : retreat at full speed; "The actress haigh-tailed to her villa when reporters began to follow her to the restaurant"hightail v : leave as fast as possible; "We hightailed it when we saw the police walking in"
EtymologyRefers to animals, such as deer, that raise their tail when running away.
- To retreat quickly.
- As soon as she arrived, I hightailed it out of there
begone, bound, canter, clear out, cut and run, cut out, decamp, flee, fly, fox-trot, gallop, get, git, hop, hop along, hotfoot, kite, leap, lope, make tracks, run, run along, run away, run away from, run off, scram, skedaddle, spring, sprint, step, step along, step lively, take off, take to flight, trip, trot, vamoose