Body idioms Feet – Foot

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Feet
feet of clay If someone who is admired is found to have a weakness, fault or defect of character, they are said to have feet of clay.
No one is perfect.  Many successful people have feet of clay.
back on your feet If you are back on your feet, after an illness or an accident, you are physically healthy again.
My grandmother had a bad ‘flu, but she’s back on her feet again.
cut the ground from under someone’s feet When someone cuts the ground from under another’s feet, they do something which weakens their position or spoils their plans.
When we launched the new product, we cut the ground from under our competitors’ feet.
drag one’s feet If you say that a person is dragging their feet, you think they are unnecessarily delaying a decision which is important to you.
The government is dragging it’s feet on measures to reduce pollution.
find one’s feet To say that someone in a new position is finding their feet means that they are learning what to do and gaining self-confidence.
Our new trainee is beginning to find his feet.
get cold feet If you get cold feet about something, you begin to hesitate about doing it; you are no longer sure whether you want to do it or not.
I wanted to enter the competition but at the last minute I got cold feet.
get one’s feet wet If you get your feet wet (or dip your toes in the water), you start to do something new or unfamiliar or explore new territory for the first time.
It will be a totally new experience for me but I can’t wait to get my feet wet!
have itchy feet A person who has itchy feet is someone who finds it difficult to stay in one place and likes to move often and discover new places.
Scott never stays long anywhere.  He’s got itchy feet!
have the world at your feet If you have the world at your feet, you are extremely successful and greatly admired.
The talented young actress has the world at her feet.
keep feet on ground A person who keeps their feet on the ground continues to act in a sensible and practical way, even if they become successful.
Success hasn’t changed him. He has always kept his feet on the ground.
land on your feet If you land on your feet, you make a quick recovery after a difficulty such as a business failure, an illness, a loss, etc.
Don’t worry about Bob. He always lands on his feet.
pull the rug from under someone’s feet If you pull the rug from under someone’s feet, you suddenly and unexpectedly remove all help or support.
When Andy’s mother stopped sending him money, she pulled the rug from under his feet and forced him to find a job.
regain one’s feet If you regain your feet, you stand up again after stumbling or falling.
This expression can also mean that you are once again financially solvent after a difficult period.
John helped his father to regain his feet when he tripped on the steps.
rushed off your feet If you are rushed off your feet, you are extremely busy.
I’d love to have lunch with you but I’m rushed off my feet at work!
stand on your own two feet If you stand on your own two feet, you are independent and need no help from anyone.
When young peope leave home, they learn to stand on their own two feet.
think on one’s feet A person who thinks on their feet is capable of making good decisions without previous thinking or planning.
Good lawyers need to be able to think on their feet when pleading a case.
two left feet If you have two left feet, you are clumsy or awkward in your movements.
I’m afraid I’m a bad dancer! I’ve got two left feet!
Foot
my foot! This expression is used to show that you do not believe something that has just been said.
He said he had a summer home?  My foot!  I doubt if he owns a tent!
foot in the door If you say that someone has a foot in the door, you mean that they have a small but successful start in something and will possibly do well in the future.
With today’s unemployment, it’s difficult to get a foot in the door in any profession.
foot in the grave A person who is either very old or very ill and close to death has onefoot in the grave.
It’s no use talking to the owner.  The poor man has one foot in the grave.
put one’s best foot forwad If someone puts their best foot forward, they do something as fast as they can.
It’s a long way to the station but if I put my best forward I should catch the next train.
put one’s foot down To put one’s foot down means to exert authority to prevent something from happening.
The child wanted to sleep on the sofa, but his father put his foot down and made him go to bed.
put one’s foot in one’s mouth If you put your foot in your mouth, you do or say something that offends, upsets or embarrasses someone else.
She really put her foot in her mouth when she mentioned the housewarming party – Andy hadn’t been invited!
right/wrong foot To get off (or start off) on the right/wrong foot means to start a relationship well or badly.
I was looking forward to working with Anna but we seem to have started off on the wrong foot.
shoe is on the other foot When the circumstances have reversed, and one person is now doing what the other person did in the past, you can say that the shoe is on the other foot.
I used to advise my children to eat healthy food, but now that my daughter is a nutritionist, the shoe is on the foot!
shoot yourself in the foot If you shoot yourself in the foot, you do or say something which is against your own interests.
When Julie was asked at the interview if she had any weaknesses, she really shot herself in the foot the way she answered.
get a foothold If you get a foothold somewhere, you secure a position for yourself in a business, profession or organisation.
The contract got the firm a foothold in the local administration.
footloose and fancy free A person who is footlose and fancy free has few responsibilities or  commitments of any kind and feels free to do as they please.
John will never get married. He says he prefers to be footloose and fancy free.

 

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