the curved back part of your foot [↪ toe]
of your footHBH
the raised part on the bottom of a shoe that makes the shoe higher at the back:
of a shoe
black boots with high heels
her low-heeled blue shoes
the part of a sock that covers your heel
of a sock
the part of your hand between the bottom of your thumb and your wrist:
of your handHBH
Using the heel of your hand, press the dough firmly into shape.
a pair of women's shoes with high heels:
Whenever she wore heels she was taller than the men she worked with.
if a person or animal is at your heels, they are following closely behind you:
He could hear the dog trotting at his heels.
very soon after something:
The decision to buy Peters came hard on the heels of the club's promotion to Division One.
following closely behind someone, especially in order to catch or attack them:
With the enemy army hard on his heels, he crossed the Somme at Blanche-Taque.
to force someone to behave in the way that you want them to
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if a dog comes to heel, it comes back to its owner when the owner calls it
if someone comes to heel, they start to behave in the way that you want them to
to start running away:
As soon as he saw me he took to his heels.
to suddenly turn away from someone, especially in an angry or rude way:
Before anyone could say a word, he turned on his heel and walked out of the room.
completely controlled by a government or group:
a people under the heel of an increasingly dictatorial regime
a man who behaves badly towards other people