Green’s Dictionary of Slang

hoof n.

1. [late 16C+] the human foot.

2. [1960s+] a shoe.

In compounds

hoof gear (n.)

[1900s] (Aus.) a boot or shoe.

In phrases

beat the hoof (v.) (also beat it (up)on the hoof)

[early 17C–early 19C] to walk.

drag a hoof (v.)

[1920s] (US) to dance, to go dancing.

gad the hoof (v.)

[mid-19C] to walk without shoes.

get the hoof (v.)

[late 19C+] to be thrown out, either of a place or of one’s employment.

on the hoof [1930s+]

1. in existence.

2. passing by, casual.

take it on the hoof (v.)

[1900s] (US) to run off, to leave quickly.

throw hoofs after hide (v.)

[late 19C] (Aus.) to commit oneself completely (if foolishly).