show one's heels

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show one's heels

Also, show a clean pair of heels. Run away, flee, as in He wanted to ask her out but she showed her heels before he had a chance, or As soon as the burglar alarm went off, the housebreaker showed a clean pair of heels. The backs of one's heels are exactly what is seen when one is running away, but the allusion of clean is a bit puzzling, unless it is meant in the colloquial sense of "thorough," as in a clean getaway. [First half of 1500s]
See also: heel, show
References in classic literature ?
Urge me not with violence, Sir Knight,'' said the Jester, keeping at a distance from the impatient champion, ``or Folly will show a clean pair of heels, and leave Valour to find out his way through the wood as best he may.
JD Sports Fashion posted an 11% rise in profits as it continued to show a clean pair of heels to troubled rivals in the sportswear sector.
DANCERS can show a clean pair of heels and make new friends by joining a social group which is looking for new members.
THEO WALCOTT finally got to show a clean pair of heels to dogged opposition on Friday - when a Doberman chased him down Baden-Baden High Strasse.
PAULA RADCLIFFE today plans to show a clean pair of heels to the injury and illness problems that brought her glory season to a shuddering halt.
Lewis collected 32 points to show a clean pair of heels to his rivals and then dovetailed well with club member Bernard Burnatti to collect 35 points and joint third in the pro-am.
The space can be arranged and if pounds 8million can also be found, then the project will possibly show a clean pair of heels.
DANCERS can show a clean pair of heels by joining a social group which is looking for new members.
Rebecca, famed for her love of and on a Harley, would struggle to show a clean pair of heels to the stonking V-Rod.