show (someone) a clean pair of heels

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show (someone) a clean pair of heels

To run or move away from someone at great speed. He showed the mugger a clean pair of heels, skittering down a side alley and escaping out of sight. The runner showed her competitors a clean pair of heels as soon as the race began, and she maintained a comfortable lead throughout.
See also: clean, heel, of, pair, show

show (someone) a clean pair of heels

BRITISH
If you show someone a clean pair of heels or show a clean pair of heels in a race or a competitive situation, you win easily. John and Alison Cheetham showed a clean pair of heels in both of the races on Saturday. The Cairns junior showed them a clean pair of heels again at ANZ Stadium yesterday. Nokia has shown its rivals a clean pair of heels.
See also: clean, heel, of, pair, show

show (somebody) a clean pair of ˈheels

(informal)
1 run away: They ran after her, but she showed them a clean pair of heels.
2 get ahead of somebody in a competition: As makers of quality software, they’ve shown the rest of the industry a clean pair of heels.
See also: clean, heel, of, pair, show