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High tail (ing) it

Posted by Strat-O-Bender on August 28, 2000

I know what 'high-tailing' means, M-W has it as follows:
High*tail (verb intransitive)

First appeared 1925

: to move at full speed or rapidly often in making
a retreat -- usu. used with it
...but what is the origin for the phrase ?
Thanks. JJ