hotfoot

[ hot-foo t ]
/ ˈhɒtˌfʊt /

noun, plural hot·foots.

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.

adverb

with great speed in going; in haste.

Nearby words

  1. hotel rack,
  2. hotelier,
  3. hotelkeeper,
  4. hotelman,
  5. hotere,
  6. hotfoot it,
  7. hothead,
  8. hotheaded,
  9. hotheadedly,
  10. hothouse

Origin of hotfoot

1250–1300; Middle English hot fot (adv.). See hot, foot

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British Dictionary definitions for hotfoot it

hotfoot

/ (ˈhɒtˌfʊt) /

adverb

with all possible speed; quickly

verb

to move quickly
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Idioms and Phrases with hotfoot it

hotfoot it

Go in haste, walk fast or run. For example, I'll have to hotfoot it to the airport if I'm to meet them. [Slang; c. 1900]

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