a practical joke in which
a match, inserted surreptitiously between the sole and upper of the victim's shoe, is lighted and allowed to burn down.
verb (used without object)
Informal. to go in great haste; walk or run hurriedly or rapidly (often followed by it ): to hotfoot it to the bus stop.
with great speed in going; in haste.
Origin: 1250–1300; Middle English hot fot
(adv.). See hot