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#1 2017-04-02 04:00:07

Dixon Wragg
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From: Cotati, California
Registered: 2008-07-04
Posts: 1235

Hit down the highway

Encountered this recently:

So long story short he kidnapped us both, and hit down the highway.
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Seems to be an idiom blend of “head down the highway” with “hit the highway”. Reminds me of slang my friends and I used, back in the 70s, to mean “leave”: “Het up”. Not sure about the derivation of that one, but I think it’s from “head up” (as pronounced in certain black dialects), meaning the same thing as the common “head out”—to leave.

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#2 2017-04-03 05:25:20

Peter Forster
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From: UK
Registered: 2006-09-06
Posts: 1000

Re: Hit down the highway

Reminds me of slang my friends and I used, back in the 70s, to mean “leave”: “Het up”. Not sure about the derivation of that one…

Being ‘het up’ is commonly used in Northern English and Scots speech but not in the same context as yours, Dixon. “Het” is an old variant of heated and being ‘het up’ suggests being excitable and agitated, though I suppose when in such a state leaving may well be the best next step.

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