show a clean pair of heels
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 until they disappeared into the Straits of Messina to coal.