Take to the heather

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Take to the heather to become an outlaw
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Usually derived from heath.

Usage

In literature:

Either take to the heather with me, or else hang.
"Kidnapped" by Robert Louis Stevenson
I had hardly seen the General before, but he always gave me leave when I wished to take Heather.
"Puck of Pook's Hill" by Rudyard Kipling
I had hardly seen the General before, but he always gave me leave when I wished to take Heather.
"Puck of Pook's Hill" by Rudyard Kipling
Either take to the heather with me, or else hang.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 10 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Leave me, I pray you, at Gordiestoun to take my chance, and hie you to the heather.
"The Men of the Moss-Hags" by S. R. Crockett
The land takes nearly all our income to wrest something from its wildness besides the heather and the stretches of gorse-covered moor.
"The Riddle of the Spinning Wheel" by Mary E. Hanshew
It didn't take them long to gallop through the heather and furze.
"Kenneth McAlpine" by Gordon Stables
Rob tried to take it, but his arm trembled, and the mull fell among the heather.
"When a Man's Single" by J. M. Barrie
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In poetry:

But sweeter and grander in autumn,
When the winds are soft with desire,
When the buds of the heather take blossom,
And run to their summits like fire.
"Durisdeer Hills" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

Haley Bonewitz, 6, and her mother, Heather, take a few minutes to look over the artwork in the Broadway/ Euclid underpass Thursday.
Some muscle was required to bring take the 15L bottle to the Zac Efron and Heather Graham's table.
Heather Steans and Rep Greg Harris unveiled plans to take up the measure in the closing days of the current General Assembly before a new set of lawmakers are sworn in Jan 9.
As we deal with the reality that a woman would willingly get naked with Hulk Hogan and make a sex tape to commemorate the occasion, we're almost tempted to thank Heather Clem for taking one for the team.
Ron Clark, right, poses with West Haven Elementary School teacher Heather McFall, center, as fellow teacher Mary Marsionis, left, takes a photo during Reach Them to Teach Them: Upside Down at the Tennessee Theatre Tuesday, Oct 30, 2012.
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