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