hot foot v.
1. (orig. US) to rush around, to hurry, to run; also used adv. (see cit. 1836).
|Clockmaker I 207: He was a leggin it off hot foot.|
|‘Handy Andy’ in Bentley’s Misc. Apr. 380: Dick’s hot-foot after him.|
|Handy Andy 31: Dick’s hot-foot after him.|
|Calif. Police Gazette 27 Mar. 1/7: The writer was one who [...] was ‘hot foot’ after the runaways.|
|Truth (Sydney) 14 Jan. 5/3: Another went off ‘hot-foot’ to the agents of a smart sea-going tug-boat and arranged for a chase.|
|Artie (1963) 16–19: I did n’t expect to break in, but when the night come there was nothin’ else in sight so I hot-foots up to the dance.|
|Maison De Shine 188: I’ll go tell this sport to hotfoot out of here.|
|‘Two Battlers and a Bear’ in Lone Hand (Sydney) Sept. 553/2: ‘She’s done er guy [...] Got out ’ot-foot ez soon ez we left’.|
|From Coast to Coast with Jack London 30: A city cop who at Utica hot-footed it after us.|
|Boy’s Own Paper XL:5 330: One man managed to scramble up the parados and began to hot-pace it back to his own line.|
|Black Mask Aug. III 61: I [...] saw Berry hot footing it back into the lower hall.|
|Case of the Sulky Girl (1941) 48: I started hot-footing down the stairs.|
|Sexus (1969) 122: As soon as he’s in trouble he comes hotfooting it to me.|
|Run, Chico, Run (1959) 25: Why’d he hot-heel it out of there?|
|Syndicate (1998) 112: Pulco was hotfooting it out on the beach.|
|Fireflies 191: The way you always hot-footing it somewhere.|
|Brown’s Requiem 32: I hotfooted it outside and back to my car.|
|(con. 1949) Big Blowdown (1999) 152: Those men who just hotfooted it out of here, you think they might want to know about how their pal Matty was fixin’ the game?|
|Indep. Mag. 23 Oct. 7: She hot-hoofed her way through ‘Chicago’.|
|Destination: Morgue! (2004) 162: He hotfoots it back to Vitello’s.‘Little Sleazer & the Mail-Sex Mama’ in|
2. to escape from.
|Keys to Crookdom 405: Flight. Escape – ditch out, blow, bolt, give police the raspberry, scoot, spring a man, hot foot.|
|Guardian Guide 5–12 June 71: He’s resurrected to round up 113 evil souls who have hotfooted it out of Hades.|
3. to chase away.
|Beef, Iron and Wine (1917) 113: They’s a lot o’ smart suckers what kicks us an’ hotfoots us every time we stops to rest.‘Omaha Slim’ in|
4. used adverbially, speedily.
|Cork Examiner 21 jan. 4/4: Dick’s hot-foot after him.|