- 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 hotfoot
"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
"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
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.'
- with all possible speed; quickly
- to move quickly
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