lead foot

noun

plural lead feet
: a tendency to drive excessively fast
I'm not going to lie—I have a lead foot when it comes to driving. For some reason, when I'm out on the open road, I can't help but press a bit harder on the accelerator than I should. Just ask my car—she'll tell you.Caitlin Moran
… this is not your Aunt Bessie's Camry—unless your Aunt Bessie has a lead footMark Kennedy

Examples of lead foot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This press car has been driven with lead feet for the past few thousand miles. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 8 Dec. 2023 Despite the lead foot treatment, the average of 2.7 miles/kWh (23 kWh/100 km) matches the EPA efficiency estimate (expressed as 37 kWh/100 miles). Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 8 Dec. 2023 View Photos Our lead feet only averaged 19 mpg in the Bimmer, but our 75-mph highway average was an excellent 33 mpg. Csaba Csere, Car and Driver, 20 Mar. 2023 Our lead feet only averaged 19 mpg in the Bimmer, but our 75-mph highway average was an excellent 33 mpg. Csaba Csere, Car and Driver, 20 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1920, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lead foot was in 1920

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“Lead foot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lead%20foot. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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