Definition of hotfoot in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhɒtfʊt/
Pronunciation: /hɒtˈfʊt/


(hotfoot it) [with adverbial of direction]
Walk or run quickly and eagerly: we hotfooted it after him
More example sentences
  • Mildly depressed, Taylor hotfooted it to Caithness for a bit of regenerative soul searching, and was introduced to MacKay through a mutual friend.
  • They had hotfooted it north in their hundreds to record the first sighting of a rare Snowy Egret on the Isle of Seil, near Oban.
  • In no mood to argue, I hotfooted it off the train at the next station.
informal tear, belt, pelt, scoot, zap, zip, whip, leg it, steam, go like a bat out of hell, burn rubber
British informal bomb, bucket
Scottish informal wheech
North American informal boogie, hightail it, clip, barrel
North American vulgar slang drag/tear/haul ass
archaic post, hie, haste


In eager haste: he rushed hotfoot to the planning office to object
More example sentences
  • He will arrive in Bradford on Avon hotfoot from Highgrove where he will have donned the garb of Father Christmas for the Prince of Wales's Christmas party.
  • Ophelia, a spy herself, comes hotfoot to tell of Hamlet's first piece of odd behaviour.
  • British withdrawal from ‘East of Suez ‘brought the Soviet navy hotfoot into the Indian Ocean, not least from Vladivostok.’
hastily, hurriedly, speedily, quickly, fast, rapidly, swiftly, without delay, in haste, at top speed, at full tilt, as fast as possible;
headlong, post-haste, pell-mell, helter-skelter
informal at a lick, like the wind, like greased lightning, at warp speed, like a bomb, like mad, like crazy, like blazes
North American informal lickety-split
literary apace, hurry-scurry

Words that rhyme with hotfoot

afoot, clubfoot, foot, kaput, put, soot, splay-foot, underfoot, wrong-foot, Yakut

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