beat feet

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beat feet (third-person singular simple present beats feet, present participle beating feet, simple past beat feet, past participle beaten feet or (colloquial) beat feet)

  1. (idiomatic) To run.
  2. (idiomatic) To flee.
    • 2002, Nelson DeMille, Plum Island, page 12:
      A druggie would grab the pricey electronics and such, and beat feet.