- a practical joke in which a match, inserted surreptitiously between the sole and upper of the victim's shoe, is lighted and allowed to burn down.
- Informal. to go in great haste; walk or run hurriedly or rapidly (often followed by it): to hotfoot it to the bus stop.
- with great speed in going; in haste.
Origin of hotfoot
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Examples from the Web for hot-foot
He then told us the guard was after us, hot-foot, and that it was too late.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
At this juncture comes an interruption; Tracey Tanner returns, hot-foot.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
Didn't you pitch into me hot-foot for lettin' him be alone with you?Cap'n Eri
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
Now to get back to the Post Road, where the pace is not quite so hot-foot.The New York and Albany Post Road
Charles Gilbert Hine
Yes, and we'll all hot-foot it to the burg of New York, and shoot-up the town!The Boy from the Ranch
Frank V. Webster
- with all possible speed; quickly
- to move quickly
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Word Origin and History for hot-foot
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