high-tail


high-tail
high-tail (v.) also hightail "move quickly," attested by 1890, U.S. slang from cattle ranches (animals fleeing with elevated tails); from HIGH (Cf. high) (adj.) + TAIL (Cf. tail) (n.). Related: Hightailed; hightailing.

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