Meaning of show a clean pair of heels in English:

show a clean pair of heels

(also show someone a clean pair of heels)

phrase

informal
  • Run away extremely fast.

    • ‘Malton's next score came when Cooke broke from defence and glided past would-be tacklers before handing on to opposite wing Elliot Richardson, who showed a clean pair of heels to his pursuers to get his side's third try.’
    • ‘Paul Wrebber's nine-year-old has taken well to fences this season and I expect him to show a clean pair of heels to his six rivals.’
    • ‘Retired Probation officer Tony Bowman is showing a clean pair of heels to many of his rivals on the athletics track.’
    • ‘Seventeen years-old William Harty got back on the winning trail in the Dungarvan AC 10k road race on Sunday last when he showed a clean pair of heels to his 87 rivals in a time of 31 minutes 57 seconds.’
    • ‘Congratulations to Rory Wyley Jnr., who showed a clean pair of heels to a class field to win the Waterford Novice Cross Country Championships held in St. Augustine's College last Sunday.’
    • ‘Again he pounced on loose ball in midfield and showed a clean pair of heels to his pursuers to score a try just to the right of the posts, making the conversion straightforward for his scrum half.’
    • ‘He can say that again, and certainly showed a clean pair of heels to the opposition after intercepting a pass from Irish fly-half Barry Everitt.’
    • ‘They were trailing when the alert Arnold showed a clean pair of heels to the Hornets' defence and touched down.’
    • ‘Leon Clarke provided the finishing touch when he showed a clean pair of heels to score a superb try.’
    • ‘Yes, but, on the whole, it is safer to show him a clean pair of heels than to enter into an argument with him, hoping that he will be amenable to logic.’
    withdraw, retire, draw back, pull back, pull out, fall back, give way, give ground, recoil, flee, take flight, beat a retreat, beat a hasty retreat, run away, run off, make a run for it, run for it, make off, take off, take to one's heels, make a break for it, bolt, make a quick exit, clear out, make one's getaway, escape, head for the hills