Show A Clean Pair Of Heels Meaning
(idiomatic) to run away quickly; to make an escape quickly; to outpace
Example: 1859, Charles Dickens, Richard Maxwell, editor, A Tale of Two Cities, Book the Second, Penguin Classics, ISBN 9780141439600, published 2003, Chapter XXIV, page 249:
â€˜[...]No, gentlemen; he'll always show â€™em a clean pair of heels very early in the scuffle, and sneak away.â€™
1977, Brian Schofield, Gerald Jordan, editor, Naval Warfare In The Twentieth Century 1900â€”1945, Taylor & Francis, ISBN 9780844810140, â€˜Jackyâ€™ 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 untilt hey disappeared into the Straits of Messina to coal.
2005 April 2005, Bernard Brown, â€œThe Sherlock Holmes of â€˜Gâ€™ Divisionâ€, in Dan Norder, editor, Ripper Notes, number 22, Inklings Press, ISBN 9780975912935, page 33:
During the melee the suspect had run off, showing a clear pair of heels.