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From Middle English hot-fot, hot fot, equivalent to hot +‎ foot.


hotfoot (plural hotfoots)

  1. (US) The prank of secretly inserting a match between the sole and upper of a victim's shoe and then lighting it.



  1. (Britain) hastily; without delay.


hotfoot (third-person singular simple present hotfoots, present participle hotfooting, simple past and past participle hotfooted)

  1. (transitive) To run (a distance).
    • 2007, R.C. Harvey, Meanwhile...
      He hotfooted the four-and-a-half blocks across town to the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue and checked out the books Patterson had mentioned—and everything else about China he could quickly think of.
    • 2010, Eric Hammel, Coral and Blood: The U.S. Marine Corps’ Pacific Campaign (page 55)
      The Ford was shot up heavily, so Larkin hotfooted the last mile to Ewa. Once there, he took cover beneath a truck as unchallenged Zeros strafed the neatly parked MAG-21 aircraft and the base facilities.

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