shake the dust from one's feet, to

shake the dust from one's feet

Depart in a hurry, especially from an unpleasant situation; also, leave forever. For example, I couldn't wait to shake the dust from my feet; I never wanted to see either of them again . This metaphoric term, alluding to moving one's feet fast enough to shake off dust, appears in several books of the Bible. [c. 1600]
See also: dust, feet, shake

shake the dust from one's feet, to

To leave in a hurry, especially from a disagreeable situation; to depart forever. This term appears in several places in the Bible, in which Jesus is quoted as telling his disciples, “And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet” (Matthew 10:14; repeated in Mark 6:11; Luke 9:5). It remains current.
See also: dust, shake
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