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[hot-foo t] /ˈhɒtˌfʊt/
noun, plural hotfoots.
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.
verb (used without object)
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
1250-1300; Middle English hot fot (adv.). See hot, foot Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • "Raish is hotfoot after that stock of mine," growled the light keeper.

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • "hotfoot from speech with me thou wentest to the battle," said he.

    The Valkyries Edward Frederic Benson
  • Seize horses or even asses for your men, and ride in hotfoot.

    Told in the East Talbot Mundy
  • "Let's hotfoot it down to the African village and see what the movies are doing that is interesting today," she proposed.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • Just you stir your stumps and hotfoot a slug of square-faced gin into me if you know what's for your own best good.'

  • As by one impulse they tore through the door and made, hotfoot, for the Long Branch.

    The Sunset Trail Alfred Henry Lewis
  • Then they turned and fled through the streets of Adrianople with a dozen Turks hotfoot after them.

    The Great Airship. F. S. Brereton
  • But about the time the twentieth century dawned, the new patent breakfast foods began to boom; and we got after them hotfoot.

    Perkins of Portland Ellis Parker Butler
  • If the effect had been produced in the soles of policemen's feet, Hoddan would have given every cop a hotfoot.

    The Pirates of Ersatz Murray Leinster
  • It been so hot, I hate to hotfoot it nine miles to Winnsboro and huff dat same distance back on a hot summer day.

British Dictionary definitions for hotfoot


with all possible speed; quickly
to move quickly
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for hotfoot



At once; immediately: I'll walk hotfoot to the doctor's office (1835+)


  1. (also hotfoot it)Togo fast; hurry: The boys would hotfoot back when they heard the mess call/ Tell him to hotfoot it to the sheriff's office (1838+)
  2. GIVE someone A HOTFOOT
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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