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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.
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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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Could this be the very same Jaci Stephen who, a short while ago in an earlier column, was castigating Brains for planning to turn the Halfway into a trendy wine bar, and saying that she would be hotfooting it off to the Heathcock in Llandaff so that she could continue to enjoy the comforts of a traditional pub?
nRACETRACK operators in Britain could soon be hotfooting it to Canada, where the finances of Woodbine racecourse in Ontario have been transformed by the introduction of 1,716 slot machines since March 2000.
45pm, while the MC for the evening - big Reds' fan Jegsy Dodd, the bard of Birkenhead - will be hotfooting it from Anfield.
HOTFOOTING it to the high street for the latest designer collaboration - Margiela for H&M.
Hotfooting it from playing the quintessentially English authoress (ie bonkers and with a big rubbery schnozz) Virginia Woolf in The Hours she's now going to take the role of a British aid worker in the film Emma's War.