take a hike

take a hike


  • go away
  • get lost
  • leave
  • get out
  • a rude/slang way of saying I/we don’t want you around
  • you’re not wanted here
  • your presence is not required here

Usually used as a command or suggestion. Generally considered rude.
Or occasionally, not as an insult but meant as a joke. (See example 8)

Example Sentences

  1. We’re all sick of you saying the same things over and over again. Why don’t you just take a hike?
  2. You’re not helping the situation with your overcritical attitude. Maybe you should take a hike.
  3. The kids were playing and little Rashid got pushed out, because he’s too young to understand their game. He came home in tears. They told him to take a hike.
  4. You can’t sing a note! I don’t know why you’re even at this audition. Take a hike!
  5. Look – you don’t fit in with the rest of us okay? Face it – you’re just not cool like us. Take a hike!
  6. Tina was really upset this morning. Apparently, she really messed up the boardroom meeting, and the boss told her to take a hike.
  7. I’ve had enough of you. Take a hike!
  8. Why don’t you take a hike while we talk about your birthday present?


The phrase originates in the US and Canada.  Hiking is the preferred term, in Canada and the United States, for a long, vigorous walk, usually on trails (footpaths), in the countryside. In the United Kingdom, and the Republic of Ireland, the word “walking” was more common until recently.

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