show a clean pair of heels
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show a clean pair of heels (third-person singular simple present shows a clean pair of heels, present participle showing a clean pair of heels, simple past and past participle showed a clean pair of heels)
- (idiomatic) to run away quickly; to make an escape quickly; to outpace
1977, Brian Schofield, Gerald Jordan editor, Naval Warfare In The Twentieth Century 1900—1945, Taylor & Francis, ISBN 9780844810140, ‘Jacky’ Fisher, HMS Indomitable and the Dogger Bank Action: A Personal Memoir, page 66:
- The two German ships soon showed us and the battle-cruiser Indefatigable in company, a clean pair of heels, though the cruiser HMS Dublin managed to keep them in sight untilt hey disappeared into the Straits of Messina to coal.
2005 April 2005, Bernard Brown, “The Sherlock Holmes of ‘G’ Division”, Ripper Notes, number 22, Inklings Press, page 33:
- During the melee the suspect had run off, showing a clear pair of heels.