head for the hills

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head for the hills (third-person singular simple present heads for the hills, present participle heading for the hills, simple past and past participle headed for the hills)

  1. To travel to a higher elevation, especially to a rural region on vacation.
    • 2006 July 13, Jeremy Caplan, "Comfy Camping," Time:
      Modern campers look for comfort first when they head for the hills.
  2. (idiomatic) To go to a safe place; to seek refuge; to flee.
    • 2008 June 19, "Builders bashed after housing subsidence," managementtoday.com (UK) (retrieved 25 June 2008):
      Goldman Sachs warned that we are ‘only at the start of a steep downturn’ and advised investors to head for the hills.