Hightail

Definition of Hightail

Definition: to move at full speed or rapidly often in making a retreat —usually used with it <hightailed it out of there>.

Origin of Hightail Word Origin and History for hightail

v.

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

 

Yesterday I sat on my porch to watch the sun set. Across the street is a big white victorian house. The man who lives there kept throwing water unto the right side of his porch. Then with much haste he would slam the door. His orange tabby on the left side of the porch ran from his food dish to the sidewalk, later to return to enjoy his meal. The orange tabby looked perplexed. My dog growled from the safe distance of our porch. I still didn’t quite understand what was happening here. He threw another bucket of water unto the porch two more times. The orange tabby ran away to the sidewalk, and slowly crept up the three steps back to his dish of kibble. A few seconds had passed. The orange tabby paid no interest in anything but the fear of getting dowsed in water, and in enjoying his dinner. Just when it was safe, a skunk made a run for it. From the right side of the porch he ran down the three steps, and hightailed it out of there! Literally his tail as high as it could go, and his feet as fast as they could move.After seeing this skunk, I am do wonder if this tiny, cute, and sometimes stinky creature had a part in creating this word. They do not apparently always hightail it in fear, but also in play.

Here is a little baby skunk exploring his world.

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