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beef to (the) heel

Chubby or fat, especially in the legs. Usually said of women, it comes from the longer phrase "beef to the heel like a Mullingar heifer," referring to cattle bred in Mullingar, a town in County Westmeath, Ireland. Primarily heard in Ireland. I think I need to go on a diet, I've gotten beef to the heel since my pregnancy. I don't know what's wrong with other men, I like a woman who's a bit beef to heel.
See also: beef, heel

beef to (the) heel like a Mullingar heifer

Chubby or fat, especially in the legs. Usually said of women, it refers to cattle bred in Mullingar, a town in County Westmeath, Ireland. Primarily heard in Ireland. I think I need to go on a diet, I've gotten beef to the heel like a Mullingar heifer since my pregnancy. I don't know what's wrong with other men, I like a woman who's beef to heel like a Mullingar heifer.
See also: beef, heel, like

beef to the hoof

Chubby or fat, especially in the legs. Usually said of women, it comes from the longer phrase "beef to the heel like a Mullingar heifer," referring to cattle bred in Mullingar, a town in County Westmeath, Ireland. Primarily heard in Ireland. I think I need to go on a diet, I've gotten beef to the hoof like a Mullingar heifer since my pregnancy. I don't know what's wrong with other men, I like a woman who's beef to hoof.
See also: beef, hoof

show the cloven hoof

To reveal one's evil or malicious nature. The devil is typically depicted with cloven hooves. I thought I could trust Eric until he showed the cloven hoof by spreading rumors about me. Jill definitely sabotaged my last two relationships. She might seem nice, but she always shows the cloven hoof eventually.
See also: cloven, hoof, show

on the hoof

1. Done quickly in response to something else. We don't have time to agonize here—we need to make a decision on the hoof.
2. While walking. Because our boss rarely sits at her desk, she gives out our assignments on the hoof.
3. Alive, as of cattle that have not yet been slaughtered. How many cows do you have on the hoof on your farm right now?
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hoof it

1. slang To walk. Let's just hoof it—the store is only a few blocks away.
2. slang To dance. Ever since my foot injury, I haven't been able to hoof it at family functions anymore.
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hoof it

Inf. to walk. If nobody gives us a ride, we'll have to hoof it. She hoofed it home from the dance in her high-heeled shoes.
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hoof it

1. Go on foot, as in The car's being repaired-we'll have to hoof it. [First half of 1600s]
2. Dance, as in He was always a good dancer, and he's still able to hoof it. [Slang; 1920s]
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hoof it

INFORMAL
If you hoof it, you walk somewhere. I've put you to enough trouble already — I can hoof it the rest of the way.
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on the hoof

BRITISH
COMMON
1. If you do something on the hoof, you do it as a quick reaction to something that has happened, rather than planning it carefully. They claimed that policy was being made on the hoof. In that situation, you have to make decisions on the hoof.
2. If you do something on the hoof, you do it while standing or moving around doing other things. Young detectives got used to eating on the hoof and became uneasy if they spent more than ten minutes on a meal. These youngsters like to play their favourite music on the hoof. Note: To do something `on the hoof' literally means to do it while on horseback without stopping to get off.
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a cloven hoof

a symbol or indication of evil.
Traditional pictures of the Devil show him with the head and torso of a man but the legs and cloven hoofs of a goat. Therefore, a cloven hoof is a giveaway sign of the Devil.
1959 François Mauriac A Woman of Pharisees She had been a trial to him from the beginning, and now the cloven hoof was beginning to show.
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on the hoof

1 (of livestock) not yet slaughtered. 2 without great thought or preparation.
2 1997 Times Are we not witnessing an example of Tony Blair making policy on the hoof…with a decision to match the circumstances, not the principle?
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ˈhoof it

(informal) go somewhere on foot; walk somewhere: We hoofed it all the way to 42nd Street.
This comes from the noun hoof, which is the hard part of the foot of some animals, for example horses.
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on the ˈhoof

(British English, informal) if you do something on the hoof, you do it quickly and without giving it your full attention because you are doing something else at the same time: We made the decision on the hoof, late at night and without really thinking about the consequences.
Meat that is sold, transported, etc. on the hoof is sold, etc. while the cow or sheep is still alive.
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hoof it

1. tv. to run away. I saw them coming and hoofed it home.
2. in. to walk instead of ride. My car’s broken down, so I had to hoof it to work today.
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hoofing

n. walking; running. My car’s in the shop, so I’m hoofing for a few days.
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hoof it

Slang
1. To walk.
2. To dance.
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on the hoof

Not yet butchered; alive. Used especially of cattle.
See also: hoof, on
References in classic literature ?
It was far worse when the procurator of the king, having emptied upon a floor a certain bag filled with movable letters, which Djali wore round his neck, they beheld the goat extract with his hoof from the scattered alphabet the fatal name of Phoebus.
Too painfully aware of the penalty its broken knees and rheumatic joints must pay, it dug its hoofs into the steep slope of moss and only sprang out and clear in the air in order to avoid a fall.
On a rounded knoll, overlooking the road, he had first heard the galloping hoofs of the horse and the crack of the whip-blows on its body.
The charioteers drove near by their horses with beautiful manes, and the wide earth rang with the beat of their hoofs as they rushed along.
The man, too, listened, and heard, faintly, the thud of hoofs on soft earth.
The mare, excited by Gladiator's keeping ahead, had risen too soon before the barrier, and grazed it with her hind hoofs.
Vronsky passed Mahotin, but he was immediately aware of him close upon him, and he never ceased hearing the even-thudding hoofs and the rapid and still quite fresh breathing of Gladiator.
He urged on his mare, and to his delight felt that she easily quickened her pace, and the thud of Gladiator's hoofs was again heard at the same distance away.
he thought, catching the thud of Gladiator's hoofs behind him.
It would soon bake you a buffaloe whole, or for that matter powder his hoofs and horns into white ashes.
I tell you, old trapper, this is no horse; neither in hoofs, head, nor hide.
That time is needed to cool the meadow, for these unshod Teton beasts are as tender on the hoof as a barefooted girl.
I foresee the mighty hoofs of Kauto Star and Denman beating a terrible tattoo for all mankind this afternoon.
Also, the animal shelter had to pay a farrier to file the animals' teeth and trim their hoofs every few months.
The hoofs will gradually straighten themselves out when they are balanced, but the trailers will violently twist and jerk the hoof and pastern joint to the outside, each time that the hoof is set down.