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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.
See also: hotfoot, of, out

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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Already, new retailers are moving into some of the Church Street outlets left vacant by those who hotfooted it to Liverpool One and, as the city is still bereft of many of the big names other places take for granted, I predict there are more to come.
But when Jemima lost her two prized Bengal cats this week, which Grant gave her, he immediately hotfooted it over to her place to help her look for them.
Most of the female half of the Hollyoaks cast hotfooted it to Mathew Street for a sneak preview of some of the most sought after shoes from this season's collection.
Oswaldo, disappointed at the reception, busted loose and hotfooted it for the border at the River Terraba, with gendarmes in hot pursuit.
When it was ready John jumped into his car and hotfooted it to the M62 where he met Graham to hand over the new door.
Katie, 31, also attended the Peas gig but didn't feel the need to skip alongside her hotfooted hubby.
Kevin hotfooted it along Sharp Edge in the Lake District with wife Iris after his granddaughter Freya was treated at the hospital for a liver condition.