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Chris -- 2015-05-30
To “hightail it” is to run quickly, especially when fleeing danger. It refers to some species’ habit of raising the tail when fleeing. In some cases, such as white-tail deer, the underside of the tail has evolved a bright color to serve as a warning flag to the animal’s herd. Perhaps in some cases the tail of a fleeing animal is raised to make way for the poop that may be expected to emerge when panicked.
Now, how about this one I recently encountered?
we could give them a few minutes time to grab a suitcase, a bus ticket and hot tail it out to another Sanctuary city.
I find the image of a critter running fast due to its tail having just been burned very eggcornically satisfying. As with the acorn “hightail”, danger need not always be present; the term can refer to running fast for any reason.
When traveling south I’d hot tail it out of there to the Gare de Lyon for a spot of lunch while waiting for my connecting train.
What does “hot-tail it home” mean in the following context?
“The flour and cocoa are a lost cause but I pick myself, the broken paper packets, and the bottle of vanilla off the tarmac, pause just to straighten my handlebars, and hot-tail it home to examine the damage to the bicycle and my person…”
If your idea of a good night out is singing along to Ally Bally Bee then hot-tail it to the box office.
Why it’s Old Hickory himself, the foremost Deporter-in-Chief, making sure those pesky Cherokees hot tail it down the Trail of Tears to Oklahoma.
It becomes apparent quickly that a bullet is a bee-sting to the Bakers and your only option is to hot tail it and find a suitable hiding space.