Definitions

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  • n. One who drives quickly or without subtlety, one who often engages in and/or is fond of slamming and flooring the accelerator often.
  • n. A driver that does not compensate the throttle position of his vehicle for road conditions or terrain, invariable slowing down while going uphill (irritating other drivers), and speeding up while going downhill (preventing other drivers from passing), as if his foot were "made of lead," thereby "preventing him from adjusting the throttle's position."

Etymologies

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From lead (a heavy metal) + foot.

Examples

  • IIRC, girlfriend / later-wife Joan learns the secret right off the bat, and it certainly wouldn't take the World's Greatest Detective to figure out that the former "leadfoot" now setting college football records might be this "Flash" character.

    Comic Coverage

  • Titan also drops extra cash on drivers who know how to get the best fuel economy out of their rigs, and puts extra pressure on the leadfoot.

    Firms Put Brakes on Truckers

  • At least two leadfoot drivers have been nabbed doing 120km/h and 130km/h respectively since the $3 billion tunnel opened.

    AustralianIT.com.au | Top Stories

  • But now the answers are coming as hard and fast as alt-Desmond's leadfoot on the pedal (you'll understand when you see the episode, y'all on the west coast: -) "Everybody Loves Hugo" gets a 15 out of 10 from this fan.

    The Knight Shift

  • One reason to bring on Johnson, Lin says: Someone has to chase Diesel's leadfoot character Dom Toretto and Walker's ex-cop Brian O'Conner, both of whom went on the lam in last year's hit

    USATODAY.com News

  • Got 45.2 mpg on my first tank, which isn't hypermiler status, but still good for the reformed leadfoot in me.

    Autoblog Green

  • Bell originally blamed his leadfoot on being late for an appointment, police said, but yesterday he told court he had temporarily fallen asleep.

    AustralianIT.com.au | Top Stories

  • One leadfoot was clocked doing 137 km/h in an 80 km/h zone on Whitemud Drive, said Edmonton police spokesman Jeff Wuite.

    Edmonton Sun

  • And by the way, my civic hybrid did not cost $30 - $40K and it gets 42 mpg combined highway / city when I'm driving with my usual leadfoot style.

    Breaking News: CBS News

  • But that assumes that there will be police around to catch the leadfoots (if you can call a motorist meandering along at 10 km over the limit in a 30 km/h zone a leadfoot).

    Edmonton Sun

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