When you turn to your co-conspirator and whisper under your breath, “It might be time to get the hell outta Dodge,” it’s time to leave the premises as soon as possible. If you don’t, you’ll likely get caught committing a crime.
This line comes up in a play I’m currently rehearsing, but “get the hell outta Dodge” isn’t an idiom you hear very often these days. The reason is because it originates from a television show which ran from 1955 – 1975, Gunsmoke.
Set in Dodge City, Kansas, the show featured a marshal named Matt Dillon, who struck fear in the heart of any villainous character who crossed his path. So much so that these criminals would rather flee town than face Dillon.