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    What does " make for the hills " mean?

    I didn't know where exactly I should ask this, so I will try here.
    I am learning English for several years and I can't pretend of being the best in it :)
    Today I found this expression and I couldn't exactly explain it to myself:
    " make for the hills "
    Could someone please tell me what it means?
    I found the explanation for " head for the hills " but I think it is quite different.

    Thank you!


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    Re: What does " make for the hills " mean?

    'make for the hills' is just some variation. 'head for the hills' is far more common.

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    Re: What does " make for the hills " mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    'make for the hills' is just some variation. 'head for the hills' is far more common.
    They both mean the same thing, and I agree that "head for" is the much more common form. In fact, I can't say I have ever heard "make for the hills." We like alliteration in idioms: "Head for the hills" makes use of that.

    But, to actually answer the question:

    Lay low. Make yourself scarce. Find someplace to hide.

    It is typically used in a purely figurative sense: one doesn't necessarily actually go anywhere, rather it is more often a hypothetical action to convey the seriousness of a given situation.

    "When the boss is on a rampage, it's time to head for the hills."
    Last edited by mfwills; 22-May-2008 at 22:58.

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