On the hoof
Hoof Hoof, v. i. 1. To walk as cattle. [R.] --William Scott. [1913 Webster]

2. To be on a tramp; to foot. [Slang, U.S.] [1913 Webster]

{To hoof it}, to foot it.

{On the hoof}, of cattle, standing (on the hoof); not slaughtered.

{beef on the hoof}, live cattle. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • on the hoof — If you decide something on the hoof, you do it without planning, responding to events as they happen …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • on the hoof — ► on the hoof 1) (of livestock) not yet slaughtered. 2) informal without great thought or preparation. Main Entry: ↑hoof …   English terms dictionary

  • on the hoof — phrasal 1. of meat animals : living, liveweight 10 cents a pound on the hoof on the hoof meat is supplied National Geographic 2. of persons : in ordinary …   Useful english dictionary

  • on the hoof — 1. if you make a decision on the hoof, you make it quickly to react to a situation which is happening, and do not have time to think about it carefully. 2. if you do something on the hoof, you do it while you are walking around doing other things …   New idioms dictionary

  • on the hoof — 1) while you are doing something else, especially going from one place to another We can grab some lunch on the hoof. 2) if you make a decision on the hoof, you do so without thinking about it carefully first 3) not yet killed for eating beef on… …   English dictionary

  • on the hoof — phrasal of a meat animal before butchering ; living < 90¢ a pound on the hoof > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • on the hoof —    If you decide something on the hoof, you do it without planning, responding to events as they happen.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • on the hoof — 1》 (of livestock) not yet slaughtered. 2》 Brit. informal without proper forethought. → hoof …   English new terms dictionary

  • on the hoof — 1. adjective that has not yet been butchered 2. adverb whilst standing …   Wiktionary

  • on the hoof — ahb. idi (of livestock) not butchered; live …   From formal English to slang

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