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Fleet-foot

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Fleet-foot Swift of foot.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • fleet-foot Swift of foot; running or able to run with rapidity.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Fleet-foot (Shak.) fleet or swift of foot
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Idioms

Fleet of foot - If someone is fleet of foot, they are very quick.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. Ice. fliótr, swift; but ult. cog. with succeeding word.

Usage

In literature:

They were the flower of the Willamette youth, every one of royal birth, handsome in shape and limb, fleet-footed as the deer.
"The Bridge of the Gods" by Frederic Homer Balch
Suddenly he sprang to one side, and being fleet of foot, got safely off.
"Chronicles of Border Warfare" by Alexander Scott Withers
But, fleet of foot, the half-breed had reached the stable, where a horse stood ready saddled.
"The Night Riders" by Ridgwell Cullum
Their fleetness of foot is astonishing.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
The fleet and army were put on a war footing.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, October, 1930" by Various
But it seemed short enough on the back of the faithful, fleet-footed Peter.
"The Law-Breakers" by Ridgwell Cullum
It was only that the pursuers were not so sure of their route and were not so fleet of foot.
"Mlle. Fouchette" by Charles Theodore Murray
For instance, the weasel catches the rabbit and the red squirrel, both of which are much more fleet of foot than is he.
"Under the Maples" by John Burroughs
The cunning of a fox is as much a part of his inherited nature as is his fleetness of foot.
"Ways of Nature" by John Burroughs
If it is fleet of foot, it can run.
"Black Eyes and the Daily Grind" by Milton Lesser
It was further made known to John III that {177} Sulaiman the Magnificent was setting on foot a great fleet for India.
"Rulers of India: Albuquerque" by Henry Morse Stephens
Schmitz went fleet-footed towards the end of the town where the barracks were situated.
"A Little Garrison" by Fritz von der Kyrburg
Certainly she was exquisitely graceful and fleet of foot.
"The Memoirs of Madame Vigée Lebrun" by Marie Louise Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun
Some fleet-footed fellows outstrip the rest.
"Barclay of the Guides" by Herbert Strang
So, fleet of foot, we fled westwards.
"The Men of the Moss-Hags" by S. R. Crockett
There was no hope to run away from those fleet-footed sea-hounds.
"Stories of Our Naval Heroes" by Various
He is some fleet-footed runaway from Olympus.
"Library of the World's Best literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 12" by Various
Send away the whole fleet and the flower of the foot-soldiers?
"The Scarlet Banner" by Felix Dahn
In the darkness, on the steep and ragged descent the fleet-footed savages could almost keep pace with the horse.
"The Luck of Gerard Ridgeley" by Bertram Mitford
Although the most fleet-footed of our warriors were streaming in pursuit, he was leaving them farther and farther behind.
"The White Shield" by Bertram Mitford
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In poetry:

Like to Time, that dies not, living
Through the change the seasons bring,
So men, dying, are but giving
Life to some fleet foot or wing.
"Legend Of The Canadian Robin" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
Lit showers flashed golden o'er the hills,
And trees flung silver to the breeze,
And, scattering diamonds, fleet-foot rills
Fled laughingly across the leas.
"Love-Trilogy" by Mathilde Blind
Life goeth by like a deed, nor returneth forever.
Death cometh on, fleet-footed as pity should be.
Hush! When she waketh at last and looketh about her,
Whom will a woman see?
"Guinevere" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
The fleet foot and the feeble foot
Both seek the self-same goal,
The weakest soldier's name is writ
On the great army-roll,
And God, who made man's body strong, made too the woman's soul
"My Right" by Susan Coolidge
"This I foresaw, and would not chase
The fleeting treacheries,
But with firm foot and tranquil face
Held backward from the tempting race,
Gazed o'er the sands the waves efface
To the enduring seas–
"How beautiful the Earth is still" by Emily Jane Bronte
She never could linger, no, never!
To help poor Hippomenes by!
Fleet-footed, stern-hearted, forever,
She keeps to the goal. Let him win if he can!
If he be not the man
Born for winning, why then let him die!
"Atalanta" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward

In news:

Saving a gentle, fleet- footed spirit.
For the Fleet- Footed of the Bush, a Last Foothold.
Cold Train is expanding its Washington-state-based refrigerated container fleet to 300 53-foot containers (all built by Hyundai), and will also be adding several new destinations this year.
Rail Logistics-Cold Train is expanding its refrigerated intermodal service, bringing its container fleet up to 300 53-foot units and adding East Coast destinations.
Girl Talk vs Irony and the Eagles, Warpaint's Fleet-Footed Psychodrama, and More.
For the Fleet -Footed of the Bush, a Last Foothold.
View full size AP file Fleet-footed receiver Reggie Rucker, whose seven seasons with the Cleveland Browns included the 1980 "Kardiac Kids" team, scores on a Brian Sipe pass to beat the Miami Dolphins in overtime in November 1979.
Interested parties have until Jan 10 to submit proposals for the ship, which is needed to replace the fleet's 29 210-foot and 270-foot medium-endurance cutters .
Richard Scrushy was asked a series of questions this morning about the fleet of boats he once owned -- including the 92-foot yacht called Chez Soiree that he claims actually belongs to an offshore company.
The 200-million-year-old dinosaur 'was two-legged, probably fleet-footed, and had grasping hands,' said researcher Paul Sereno.
The fleet-footed free agent agreed to a $75.25 million, five-year contract, a deal that was finalized Thursday.
The Carnival Breeze, the largest in Carnival's fleet, is 1,004 feet long with a 123-foot beam, 27-foot draft and 5,076 passengers and crew.
Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit, Inc, (TCAT) of Ithaca, N.Y. Will be taking delivery of seven new Orion VII 40-foot clean-diesel buses to be delivered by the end of the year to add to its public transportation fleet.
Don't laugh at fleet-footed fans.
Hear the Pharmacy 's Fleet-Footed 'Make Me Remember'.
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