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.
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How to use hotfoot in a sentence
He had gone to the Syndic's house at nine, and finding himself tricked a second time had returned hot-foot to the Corraterie.The Long Night | Stanley Weyman
Now, Little Thunder, let's get out of this, for once their old man finds out he will be hot foot on our trail.Corporal Cameron | Ralph Connor
He heard me through, then fell to cursing me afresh, and would be sending an aide-de-camp hot-foot for Falconnet.The Master of Appleby | Francis Lynde
I climbed the rocky way hot-foot, and sped down through the furze and golden-rod to the house.Carette of Sark | John Oxenham
He knew her in the distance for Pharlina Pike, and realized that she had come hot-foot across lots.The Skipper and the Skipped | Holman Day
British Dictionary definitions for hotfoot
with all possible speed; quickly
to move quickly
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