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Turn tail   /tərn teɪl/   Listen
Turn tail

verb
1.
Flee; take to one's heels; cut and run.  Synonyms: break away, bunk, escape, fly the coop, head for the hills, hightail it, lam, run, run away, scarper, scat, take to the woods.  "The burglars escaped before the police showed up"






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"Turn tail" Quotes from Famous Books



... lions and snow. I have often seen a lion turn tail, and the snow is black slush wherever you are. But the Cliffords, being gentlemen, are brave, and being ...
— A Perilous Secret • Charles Reade



Words linked to "Turn tail" :   skedaddle, leave, fly, go away, go forth, take flight, flee



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