|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!
|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.