a plural of .
drag one’s feet, to act or proceed slowly or without enthusiasm; to be reluctant to act, comply, etc.:
We can’t begin the project until the steering committee stops dragging its feet.
land / fall on one’s feet, to be lucky or successful, especially after difficulties:
He’s had some rough times but has finally landed on his feet.
on one’s feet,
sit at the feet of, to attend upon as a disciple or follower:
American writers and painters no longer sit at the feet of Europeans.
stand on one’s own feet,
Also, stand on one’s own two feet.
sweep one off one’s feet, to impress or overwhelm by ability, enthusiasm, or charm:
The gaiety of the occasion swept them off their feet.
[foo t] /fʊt/
noun, plural feet for 1–4, 8–11, 16, 19, 21; foots for 20.
(in vertebrates) the terminal part of the leg, below the ankle joint, on which the body stands and moves.
(in invertebrates) any part similar in position or function.
such a part considered as the organ of locomotion.
a unit of length, originally derived from the length of the human foot. It is divided into 12 inches and equal to 30.48 centimeters.
Abbreviation: ft., f.
foot soldiers; infantry.
walking or running motion; pace:
swift of foot.
quality or character of movement or motion; tread; step.
any part or thing resembling a foot, as in function, placement, shape, etc.
a rim, flange, or flaring part, often distinctively treated, serving as a base for a table furnishing or utensil, as a glass, teapot, or candlestick.
the part of a stocking, sock, etc., covering the foot.
the lowest part, or bottom, of anything, as of a hill, ladder, page, etc.
a supporting part; base.
the part of anything opposite the top or head:
He waited patiently at the foot of the checkout line.
the end of a bed, grave, etc., toward which the feet are placed:
Put the blanket at the foot of the bed, please.
Printing. the part of the type body that forms the sides of the groove, at the base.
the last, as of a series.
that which is written at the bottom, as the total of an account.
Prosody. a group of syllables constituting a metrical unit of a verse.
Nautical. the lower edge of a sail.
verb (used without object)
to walk; go on foot (often followed by it):
We’ll have to foot it.
to move the feet rhythmically, as to music or in dance (often followed by it).
(of vessels) to move forward; sail:
to foot briskly across the open water.
verb (used with object)
to walk or dance on:
footing the cobblestones of the old city.
to perform (a dance):
cavaliers footing a galliard.
to traverse on or as if on foot.
to make or attach a foot to:
to foot a stocking.
to pay or settle:
I always end up footing the bill.
to add (a column of figures) and set the sum at the foot (often followed by up).
to seize with talons, as a hawk.
Archaic. to kick, especially to kick away.
Obsolete. to set foot on.
get / have a / one’s foot in the door, to succeed in achieving an initial stage or step.
get off on the right / wrong foot, to begin favorably or unfavorably:
He got off on the wrong foot with a tactless remark about his audience.
have one foot in the grave. 1 (def 5).
on foot, by walking or running, rather than by riding.
put one’s best foot forward,
put one’s foot down, to take a firm stand; be decisive or determined.
put one’s foot in / into it, Informal. to make an embarrassing blunder.
Also, put one’s foot in/into one’s mouth.
set foot on / in, to go on or into; enter:
Don’t set foot in this office again!
under foot, in the way:
That cat is always under foot when I’m getting dinner.
the plural of foot
at someone’s feet, as someone’s disciple
be run off one’s feet, be rushed off one’s feet, to be very busy
carry off one’s feet, sweep off one’s feet, to fill with enthusiasm
feet of clay, a weakness that is not widely known
get one’s feet wet, to begin to participate in something
have one’s feet on the ground, keep one’s feet on the ground, to be practical and reliable
on one’s feet, on its feet
put one’s feet up, to rest
stand on one’s own feet, to be independent
noun (pl) feet (fiːt)
the part of the vertebrate leg below the ankle joint that is in contact with the ground during standing and walking related adjective pedal
the part of a garment that covers a foot
any of various organs of locomotion or attachment in invertebrates, including molluscs
(botany) the lower part of some plant structures, as of a developing moss sporophyte embedded in the parental tissue
any part resembling a foot in form or function: the foot of a chair
the lower part of something; base; bottom: the foot of the page, the foot of a hill
the end of a series or group: the foot of the list
manner of walking or moving; tread; step: a heavy foot
any of various attachments on a sewing machine that hold the fabric in position, such as a presser foot for ordinary sewing and a zipper foot
(prosody) a group of two or more syllables in which one syllable has the major stress, forming the basic unit of poetic rhythm
a foot in the door, an action, appointment, etc, that provides an initial step towards a desired goal, esp one that is not easily attainable
(Scot & Irish) kick with the wrong foot, to be of the opposite religion to that which is regarded as acceptable or to that of the person who is speaking
my foot!, an expression of disbelief, often of the speaker’s own preceding statement: he didn’t know, my foot! Of course he did!
(archaic) of foot, in manner of movement: fleet of foot
(informal) one foot in the grave, near to death
(informal) on the right foot, in an auspicious manner
(informal) on the wrong foot, in an inauspicious manner
put a foot wrong, to make a mistake
put one’s best foot forward
(informal) put one’s foot down
(informal) put one’s foot in it, to blunder
set on foot, to initiate or start (something)
tread under foot, to oppress
under foot, on the ground; beneath one’s feet
to dance to music (esp in the phrase foot it)
(transitive) to walk over or set foot on; traverse (esp in the phrase foot it)
(transitive) to pay the entire cost of (esp in the phrase foot the bill)
(usually foll by up) (archaic or dialect) to add up
Michael (Mackintosh). 1913–2010, British Labour politician and journalist; secretary of state for employment (1974–76); leader of the House of Commons (1976–79); leader of the Labour Party (1980–83)
plural of foot (n.).
Old English fot, from Proto-Germanic *fot (cf. Old Saxon fot, Old Norse fotr, Dutch voet, Old High German fuoz, German Fuß, Gothic fotus “foot”), from PIE *ped- (cf. Avestan pad-; Sanskrit pad-, accusative padam “foot;” Greek pos, Attic pous, genitive podos; Latin pes, genitive pedis “foot;” Lithuanian padas “sole,” peda “footstep”). Plural form feet is an instance of i-mutation. Of a bed, grave, etc., first recorded c.1300.
The linear measurement of 12 inches was in Old English, from the length of a man’s foot. Colloquial exclamation my foot! expressing “contemptuous contradiction” [OED] is first attested 1923, probably a euphemism for my ass, in the same sense, which dates back to 1796. The metrical foot (Old English, translating Latin pes, Greek pous in the same sense) is commonly taken as a reference to keeping time by tapping the foot.
To get off on the right foot is from 1905; to put one’s best foot foremost first recorded 1849 (Shakespeare has the better foot before, 1596). To put one’s foot in (one’s) mouth “say something stupid” is attested by 1942; the expression put (one’s) foot in something “make a mess of it” is from 1823.
c.1400, “dance, move on foot,” from foot (n.). To foot a bill is attested from 1848, from the process of tallying the expenses and writing the figure at the bottom (“foot”) of the bill.
n. pl. feet (fēt)
Plural feet (fēt)
A unit of length in the US Customary System equal to 1/3 of a yard or 12 inches (30.48 centimeters). See Table at measurement.
A scene of frantic competition, unexampled greed, etc: First the feeding frenzy begins. We did the story for two days, then the media angle on the story, and then the legal angle
[1980s+; fr the phrase used to describe the behavior of sharks who smell blood, find meat, etc]
big foot, doughfoot, flatfoot, give someone the foot, have one foot in the grave, heavy-foot, hotfoot, put one’s foot in it, put one’s foot in one’s mouth, shoot oneself in the foot, tangle-foot, tenderfoot, web-foot
noun 1. See under (def 4a). [fee] /fi/ noun 1. a charge or payment for professional services: a doctor’s fee. 2. a sum paid or charged for a privilege: an admission fee. 3. a charge allowed by law for the service of a public officer. 4. Law. 5. a gratuity; tip. verb (used with object), […]
[feet-furst] /ˈfitˈfɜrst/ adverb 1. with the foremost. 2. Slang. on a stretcher or in a coffin; dead. adverb with the feet foremost
noun 1. a weakness or hidden flaw in the character of a greatly admired or respected person: He was disillusioned to find that even Lincoln had feet of clay. 2. any unexpected or critical fault. People are said to have “feet of clay” if they are revealed to have a weakness or flaw that most […]
- Feet on the ground
see: both feet on the ground