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give someone a hotfoot

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give someone a hotfoot

verb phrase

  1. To do the practical joke of clandestinely sticking a match into the crevice between the heel or sole and upper of the victim's shoe, then lighting the match and watching the pained and startled reaction: Kids give them hotfoots with kitchen matches
  2. To arouse someone from lethargy; stimulate someone sharply to activity: The project's stalled and we'd better give Joe a hotfoot (1930s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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