At someone’s

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  • At someone’s beck and call

    a gesture used to signal, summon, or direct someone. Chiefly Scot. a bow or curtsy of greeting. Archaic. . at someone’s beck and call, ready to do someone’s bidding; subject to someone’s slightest wish: He has three servants at his beck and call. noun a nod, wave, or other gesture or signal at someone’s beck […]

  • At someone’s elbow

    Immediately beside someone, close by, as in The apprentice was constantly at the master’s elbow. Why this idiom focuses on the elbow rather than the arm, shoulder, or some other body part is not known. Moreover, it can mean either that someone is so nearby as to constitute a nuisance or in order to readily […]

  • At someone’s feet, be

    Also, sit at someone’s feet. Be enchanted or fascinated by someone, as in Dozens of boys are at her feet, or Bill sat at his mentor’s feet for nearly three years, but he gradually became disillusioned and left the university. [ Early 1700s ] For a quite different meaning, see under one’s feet

  • At someone’s heels

    Also, on someone’s heels . Immediately behind, in close pursuit. This idiom is used both literally, as in Jean’s dog was always at her heels , and figuratively, as in Although his company dominated the technology, he always felt that his competitors were on his heels . This idiom appeared in the 14th-century romance Sir […]

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