hot-foot c.1300 (adv.) "hastily," from HOT (Cf. hot) + FOOT (Cf. foot). As a verb, from 1896. As the name of a prank played with matches, by 1934.

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  • hot foot —    If you hot foot it out of a place, you leave very quickly, often running.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

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  • Pseudomonas hot foot syndrome — a skin eruption characterized by painful, erythematous nodules on the soles of the feet, seen in persons exposed to Pseudomonas aeruginosa, such as children using a wading pool with abrasive strips of tape on the bottom. Called also hot foot s …   Medical dictionary

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