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hotfoot

To travel as fast as one can, usually by walking or running. We need to hotfoot it out of here before Mom catches us going through her things!

hotfoot it (off to) (somewhere)

to go somewhere as fast as possible. I've got to hotfoot it off to school. When they heard the police sirens, the thieves hotfooted home.
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hotfoot it out of (somewhere)

to run away from a place. Did you see Tom hotfoot it out of the office when the boss came in? Things are looking bad. I think we had better hotfoot it out of here.
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hotfoot it

Go in haste, walk fast or run. For example, I'll have to hotfoot it to the airport if I'm to meet them. [Slang; c. 1900]
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ˈhotfoot it

(informal) walk or run somewhere quickly: Once the police arrived, we hotfooted it out of there.
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References in classic literature ?
Salton was delighted when Adam's reply arrived and sent a groom hot-foot to his crony, Sir Nathaniel de Salis, to inform him that his grand-nephew was due at Southampton on the twelfth of June.
And, while Jerry slew it, knowing that the lust of killing, once started, would lead him to continue killing the silly birds, Agno left the laying-yard to hot-foot it through the mangrove swamp and present to Bashti an ecclesiastical quandary.
True enough, Astley had come hot-foot on receiving the Grandmother's appeal.
He crossed the ranges last night with Tabaqui, hot-foot on thy trail," said the Wolf, panting.
I go hot-foot back to the Man-Pack," Mowgli said at last.
Hot-foot from a writer in residency in the Aegean, Hugh McMillan will perform at The Bakehouse in Gatehouse tomorrow for Burns Night.
I'd better cancel the sightseeing northern Spain and hot-foot it to Denmark so my fella can oggle the No 1 knockers.
So why don't the force take this idea one step further, hot-foot it to their local fancy dress store and hire a couple of steed and rider combined pantomime horse outfits.
Immigrants can hot-foot it into Britain if they are ballet dancers - because there is an official shortage.
The argument was that the matches were entirely predictable, the qualifiers just as obvious, and we may as well just hot-foot it to late Feb with the best 16 teams in the continent and let them get cracking.
Not even Fergie can hot-foot it down the motorway in time to see the Posh, managed by son Darren, by the time he has finished at United's training HQ at Carrington.
Before you hot-foot it over, check out his body language.
Nicola Heywood Thomas came hot-foot from a parents' evening to read Christmas Stew by Roald Dahl, and honey-voiced Amy Wadge performed songs from her new album, to be released at the end of January.
You know you may be in trouble when you hear your guide shriek and see him hot-foot it down the valley without a second glance.
The disorder, which the investigators termed the pseudomonas hot-foot syndrome, is painful but benign and self-limiting.