Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To go in haste. Often used with it.
  • adverb In haste.
  • noun The practical joke of lighting a match that has been secretly inserted between the sole and upper of a victim's shoe.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb colloq. In haste; foothot.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

Sorry, no etymologies found.

Examples

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • '"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