One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Turn around and run away.
run away, flee, bolt, make off, take to one's heels, show someone a clean pair of heels, cut and run, beat a retreat, beat a hasty retreatView synonyms
- ‘Many of the guests turned tail and fled.’
- ‘She turned tail to flee.’
- ‘Both robbers turned tail and fled.’
- ‘The diesel engine that shunts the little guard's van turns tail and pulls them home to Waitara.’
- ‘She turned tail and fled.’
- ‘Upon reaching the end section of low beddings we turned tail and beat a hasty retreat!’
- ‘We'll call it a draw, and turn tail and flee.’
- ‘I would have turned tail and fled from such a place had I not needed the money.’
- ‘Well-established companies have turned tail and fled the industry because it's just too tough.’
- ‘David is forced to either find some courage quickly, or turn tail and flee.’
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