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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.
with all possible speed; quickly
to move quickly

c.1300 (adv.) “hastily,” from hot + foot (n.). As a verb, from 1896. As the name of a prank played with matches, by 1934.


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



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