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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.
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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

cloven hoof

An 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 a cloven hoof eventually.
See also: cloven, hoof

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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hoofing

Walking. Why don't I just drive? Hoofing will take us twice as long to get there.
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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.
See also: hoof, on

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.
See also: hoof, on

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
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"In Dubai Zoo, we used to trim the giraffe's hooves every winter.
He was also to dip the hooves in a copper sulphate solution twice daily for five days to kill the infecting micro-organisms in the outer hoof tissue where the injected antibiotics could not reach.
As the correlation between pigmentation and resistance of buffalo hooves has not been the aim of scientific investigation, the subject requires scholar efforts to elucidate the factors encircling this feature.
Some goat keepers trim hooves outdoors, or on a covered porch.
The likes of the farm's alpaca and goats are trimmed with cutters a few times a year, while the Brazilian tapirs are treated to regular manicures and reindeer and Barbary sheep herds have their hooves trimmed twice a year, usually before and after breeding season.
At Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court yesterday, Balmain, 70, pled guilty to causing the pony unnecessary suffering by leaving its hooves untrimmed.
After the case, RSPCA Inspector Rachel Davies said: "The hooves would have caused a lot of discomfort and pain."
The hooves were once the front feet of Rataplan, a famous 19th century thoroughbred stallion, to whom many racing greats can trace their lineage.
Corrective trimming can help straighten their legs by evening the wear on their hooves.
Lamadora who also applies his knowledge of orthopedic trimming of hooves and shoeing.
This shocking picture shows a pony whose hooves had been allowed to grow to more than 3ft.
The length of all hooves of the female huemul fawn was 26 mm, and hoof growth at death was 4 mm.
As it lashed out one of its hooves went through a side window in the trailer and got stuck on a partly broken partition wall with its hoof tangled in a rope.
'They know I am here to look after them and keep their hooves in good order.
Until the late 19th century, American bison thundered across plains and trails from Kansas to West Virginia, carrying with them the seeds of running buffalo clover--embedded in hooves, entangled in hair and lodged within droppings.