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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Heel, Heels.
(Anglo-Saxon hl.)   1
   Achilles’ heel. (See under ACHILLES.)   2
   I showed him a fair pair of heels. I ran away and outran them.   3
        “Two of them saw me when I went out of doors, and chased me, but I showed them a fair pair of heels.”—Sir W. Scott: Peveril of the Peak, chap. xxiv.
   Out at heels. In a sad plight, in decayed circumstances, like a beggar whose stockings are worn out at the heels.   4
“A good man’s fortune may grow out at heels.”
Shakespeare: King Lear, ii. 2.
   To show a light pair of heels. To abscond.   5
   To take to one’s heels. To run off. “In pedes nos conjicre.   6



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