Definition of hightail in English:

hightail

verb

North American
informal
  • no object, with adverbial of direction Move or travel fast.

    ‘they hightailed it to India’
    • ‘Before Celia even had a chance to speak, the young man suddenly whirled about and hightailed down the hallway.’
    • ‘But even then, most people and businesses didn't hightail it to Kansas.’
    • ‘Well, he sure did look surprised at my honesty, but, thank goodness, he wasn't hightailing out that door.’
    • ‘After she got the check from his parents she hightailed out of town and never looked back.’
    • ‘We nosed and drifted until it was time to hightail back to Hortobágy village for the bull market.’
    • ‘‘I'm very proud of where I'm from,’ he said in 1963, two years after he'd hightailed out.’
    • ‘She said she had planned on hightailing it to the cheap seats, but a police officer caught her arm.’
    • ‘But they didn't draw their swords, oh no, they hightailed out of there like a dog with his tail between his legs.’
    • ‘Normally everyone else would have hightailed away from her.’
    • ‘If only they'd all just hightailed to summery Alaska, or even their neighbourhood 24-hour 7-11, they might have been spared.’
    • ‘As soon as we finished setting up our tent, we hightailed it to the main strip.’
    • ‘Suddenly, the mouse hightailed it out from under the keyboard and went back over the backside of the desk.’
    • ‘Then my endorphin rush wore off and I hightailed it home, groaning in pain.’
    • ‘It was fairly well known that Goldberg was hightailing it as well, so the original outcome had to be reworked.’
    • ‘So I hightailed it back inside where I would be dry and not in danger of lightning.’
    • ‘Right after the 11 p.m. news window, with Tookie still alive, the camera crews hightailed it out of there.’
    • ‘He started swearing at me at top volume and I changed directions and hightailed it down 3rd St. toward home.’
    • ‘Then I hightailed across town to see ‘King of Stains’ at Bats, where Gibby played the most unlikeable character ever, and so well!’
    • ‘A supertanker, bulldozing down right behind us, blasted her bullhorn and sent us hightailing it back toward the shoreline.’
    • ‘I can hightail it out of there, so she doesn't have to face me.’
    be quick, hurry up, move quickly, go fast, hasten, make haste, speed, speed up, lose no time, press on, push on, run, dash, rush, hurtle, dart, race, fly, flash, shoot, streak, bolt, bound, blast, charge, chase, career, scurry, scramble, scamper, scuttle, sprint, gallop, go hell for leather, go like lightning
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Pronunciation

hightail

/ˈhʌɪteɪl/