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Turn tail   /tərn teɪl/   Listen
Turn tail

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

... said Aneta, "you are in the midst of a terrible battle, and you mean to give in and turn tail, and let the enemy walk over the field. That is not a bit what I should have expected at one ...
— The School Queens • L. T. Meade

... the Empress of India, make way, O Lords of the Jungle, wherever you roam. The woods are astir at the close of the day— We exiles are waiting for letters from Home. Let the robber retreat—let the tiger turn tail— In the Name of the ...
— Departmental Ditties and Barrack Room Ballads • Rudyard Kipling

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

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