Informal to leave or go in a hurry; scurry off
chiefly in the phrase high-tail it
Origin of high-tailin allusion to the raised tail of a startled, fleeing animal, especially a mustang on the range
(third-person singular simple present hightails, present participle hightailing, simple past and past participle hightailed); usually, with it; see hightail it.
- (usually) To move at full speed, especially in retreat.
- He hightailed it toward town.
- I want you to hightail your butt out of there before they come back.
- As soon as she arrived, I hightailed out of there.