For some reason I remember the phrase "that sounded runny" used when someone leaves a group/place in an unusually quick manner. But apparently that is incorrect. Can anyone help me with the correct phrase/usage? I remember the phrase being used in some TV show(s) or movie(s), but cannot put my finger on any specific instance.

Edit: I am looking for a permutation or correction in "that sounded runny" itself.

  • There is no well-established expression for your context based on any form of the word run. The nearest I can think of is I gotta run, said by the person who is leaving in a hurry (because he needs to be somewhere else soon). Jan 5, 2016 at 13:20
  • You might find some inspiration here. Jan 5, 2016 at 13:22
  • the closest I can think of that might apply to the situation would be –only if someone were to describe the scene to you, not if you were witnessing yourself– : "the guy took off suddendly", you could answer "that sounds fishy"
    – P. O.
    Jan 5, 2016 at 14:12
  • "Back to the Future: let's make like a tree and get out of here" -Biff
    – Tom B
    Jan 5, 2016 at 14:27
  • Thank you all! Perhaps it's one of my 'memory artifacts'. :-)
    – RLOA
    Jan 6, 2016 at 7:05

3 Answers 3




verb informal

depart quickly or hurriedly; run away.

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Urban Dictionary


to leave abruptly. To get the hell out of somewhere.

  • Thanks @ed86, but I'm looking for the permutation or correction in "that sounded runny" itself.
    – RLOA
    Jan 5, 2016 at 13:17

"That was a quick exit"? I don't know that there's a specific phrase for this.


I'd suggest,

get (the hell) outta Dodge

in. To leave a place. (Refers to Dodge City, Kansas, and a cliché from Western entertainment adventures about this town.) Things are looking bad here. It’s time to get out of Dodge. McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions

To leave or depart from a place, especially quickly or with marked urgency. A reference to Dodge City, Kansas, the clichéd setting of cowboy and western films from the early to mid-1900s. It looks like things are getting pretty tense in here, let's get out of Dodge! With our creditors becoming increasingly aggressive, we decided to just get the hell out of Dodge and leave it all behind. Farlex Dictionary of Idioms

take to [one's] heels

To run away; flee. American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition

beat it

Slang To leave hurriedly American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition


Slang To leave a scene at once; go abruptly. American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition

  • Vamoose and escape rather fit the theme, too. (No idea where runny would fit.)
    – The Nate
    Jan 6, 2016 at 20:10

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