flee; take to one's heels; cut and run;
"If you see this man, run!"
"The burglars escaped before the police showed up"
- After school, he would hightail it home.
- Hightail it down to the station and see if your mother is on the train.
- I told them I'd lock'em up for accessory if they didn't hightail it.
- The G8 commitment to these plans lasts as long as it takes the motorcade to hightail it back to the airport.
- Then the rain came and we hightailed it.
- Within weeks he hightailed it home, a penniless failure.