Free Translator Free Translator
Translators Dictionaries Courses Other
Home
English Dictionary      examples: 'day', 'get rid of', 'New York Bay'




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"






WordNet 3.0 © 2010 Princeton University








Advanced search
     Find words:
Starting with
Ending with
Containing
Matching a pattern  

Synonyms
Antonyms
Quotes
Words linked to  

only single words



Share |





"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



Copyright © 2019 Free-Translator.com