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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Biologists had predicted the wolves would exit the pens and hightail it for the backcountry.

vb. (context usually transitive English) To move at full speed, especially in retreat.


v. leave as fast as possible; "We hightailed it when we saw the police walking in"


Hightail – formerly YouSendIt – is a cloud service that lets users send, receive, digitally sign and synchronize files. and YouSendIt Inc. were founded in 2004; the company renamed itself Hightail in 2013.

The company's early focus was on helping users send files that were too large for email; it started adding features and plug-ins for businesses in 2007. The service grew quickly, and the firm raised $49 million in funding between 2005 and 2010. The service can now be used via the web, a desktop client, mobile devices, or from within business applications with a Hightail plugin.

In May 2015, the company launched Hightail Spaces, designed to encourage creative professionals from conception of an idea to delivery.

Hightail (horse)

Hightail is a retired thoroughbred racehorse. He is a son of 2003 Horse of the Year Mineshaft. His dam, Stormy Renee, is a daughter of the multiple Grade 1 winner Fleet Renee.

He is best known for winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint in 2012. He had one additional start following the race and finished fourth to Goldencents in the Delta Jackpot Stakes in November, 2012. He fractured his sesamoid in early 2013 and was retired to stud thereafter.

Usage examples of "hightail".

I gave an inward groan and hightailed it into the club, but not before one of the photographers managed to blind me with a flashbulb explosion from his Speed Graphic.

Sam and hightail it back to Havering, but suppose they want him as a witness or something?

Swinging open the car door, she grabbed her purse and hightailed it up the pavestone walkway toward the front door.

Richard Todd take it into his little head to go hightailing it into the bush.

He went to the washroom, rinsed off his face, breathed furiously, and then instinctively hightailed the rental car to LAX, catching the next flight up the coast, paying for full-fare Business Class, desperate to be aloft, the wheels no longer on the ground.

Mom hit the road shortly after she was born, hightailing it to parts unknown with a Schlitz Brewery driver rumored to be double digit hung, like the human equivalent of Mickey Cohen, Jr.

By the time Hamid-Jones reined to a skidding halt in front of the stalled line of flatbeds, the Equator Arabs were hightailing it in the distance.

He had only to unseat the man, take his lizard and SG, and hightail it for the nothings before a pursuit could be organized.

Forget their requests, and hightail it back to the prime time line.

He had hightailed it through San Bernardino Strait a few hours earlier, thanks to his decision not to enter the gulf.

So we raced to the dock, lifted a suction dredge onto the boat and hightailed it back to our buoy.

It hightailed it back to its barrel-wheeled vehicle and drove out of town.