from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. Informal To go in haste. Often used with it: hotfoot it out of town.
  • adv. In haste.
  • n. The practical joke of lighting a match that has been secretly inserted between the sole and upper of a victim's shoe.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The prank of secretly inserting a match between the sole and upper of a victim's shoe and then lighting it.
  • adv. hastily; without delay.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In haste; foothot.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In great haste; with great speed.
  • To chase or pursue in hot haste; follow at a hot pace.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. move fast
  • adv. without delay; speedily
  • n. a practical joke that involves inserting a match surreptitiously between the sole and upper of the victim's shoe and then lighting it


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  • '"Dewey sure is a sucker for the hotfoot. This must be a thousand times somebody gives him the hotfoot. It's a dozen times, at least, that I give him the hotfoot myself."'

    - Nightmare Alley, William Lindsay Gresham

    June 30, 2012