hightail
intransitive verb Date: 1919 to move at full speed or rapidly often in making a retreat — usually used with it <
hightailed it out of there
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  • hightail — ► VERB informal, chiefly N. Amer. ▪ move or travel fast …   English terms dictionary

  • hightail — UK [ˈhaɪˌteɪl] / US verb [transitive] Word forms hightail : present tense I/you/we/they hightail he/she/it hightails present participle hightailing past tense hightailed past participle hightailed informal hightail it (up/down/along etc) to go… …   English dictionary

  • hightail — /huy tayl /, v.i. Informal. 1. to go away or leave rapidly: Last we saw of him, he was hightailing down the street. 2. hightail it, hurry; rush; scamper: Hightail it down to the grocery store and buy some bread for lunch. [1885 90, Amer.; HIGH +… …   Universalium

  • hightail — (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb Slang. To leave hastily: bolt, get out, run. Informal: clear out, get, hotfoot, skedaddle. Slang: scram, vamoose. Idioms: beat it, hightail it, hotfoot it, make tracks. See APPROACH …   English dictionary for students

  • hightail — high|tail [ˈhaıteıl] v hightail it informal to leave a place quickly ▪ kids hightailing it down the street on their bikes …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • hightail — high|tail [ haı,teıl ] verb transitive INFORMAL hightail it (up/down/along etc.) to go somewhere fast or in an urgent way …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • hightail — verb (often hightail it) informal, chiefly N. Amer. move or travel fast …   English new terms dictionary

  • hightail — verb hightail it informal to leave a place quickly: kids hightailing it down the street on their bikes …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • hightail — high•tail [[t]ˈhaɪˌteɪl[/t]] v. i. Informal. inf to go away or leave rapidly: Last we saw of him, he was hightailing down the street[/ex] • hightail it Etymology: 1885–90, amer.; in reference to the raised tails of fleeing animals …   From formal English to slang

  • hightail — /ˈhaɪteɪl / (say huytayl) phrase hightail it, Chiefly US Colloquial to move away quickly: he hightailed it out of town …   Australian English dictionary

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