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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; to make an escape quickly.
- 1977, Brian Schofield, Gerald Jordan, editor, Naval Warfare In The Twentieth Century 1900—1945, Taylor & Francis, →ISBN, ‘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.