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Topic: MEASUREMENT

Language: Old English
Origin: fot

foot

1 noun
     
foot1 S1 W1 plural feet [countable]
1

body part

the part of your body that you stand on and walk onCOLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS
the sole of your foot (=the base of your foot) bare feet (=without any socks or shoes) front/back/hind feet (=of an animal) wipe your feet (=wipe them on a mat to remove dirt) stamp your feet (=bang them noisily on the ground) tap your feet (=bang them gently on the ground) shuffle your feet (=move from one foot to the other) at somebody's feet (=on the ground near your feet)
My foot hurts.
I had blisters on the soles of my feet.
I dropped a glass earlier, so don't walk around in bare feet.
The vet examined the horse's hind feet.
Don't wipe your feet on the carpet!
She stood on the platform, her suitcase at her feet.
2

measurement

plural feet or foot written abbreviation ftTM a unit for measuring length, equal to 12 inches or about 30 centimetres:
He's six feet tall, with blonde hair.
Mark was standing just a few feet away from me.
I'd say she's about five foot three (=five feet and three inches).
square feet/cubic feet
15,000 square feet of office space
3

bottom part

the foot of something

the lowest or bottom part of something
the foot of the stairs/ladder etc
He walked to the foot of the stairs.
the foot of a mountain/cliff etc
a small cottage at the foot of the hill
at the foot of something
a large wooden trunk at the foot of his bed
The date is shown at the foot of the page.
4

on foot

if you go somewhere on foot, you walk there:
It takes about 30 minutes on foot, or 10 minutes by car.
5

get/jump/rise etc to your feet

to stand up after you have been sitting:
He leapt to his feet and ran outside.
6

be on your feet

a) to be standing for a long time without having time to sit down:
The worst thing about working in the shop is that you're on your feet all day.

➔ dead on your feet

at dead1 (8)
b) to be standing up:
As soon as the bell rang the class were on their feet and out of the door.
c) to feel better again after being ill and in bed:
We'll soon have you on your feet again.
7

be/get back on your feet

to have enough money again, or to be successful again after having problems:
I need to get back on my feet again and forget all this.
8

off your feet

sitting or lying down, rather than standing or walking:
The doctor told me to stay off my feet for a few days.
9

knock/lift etc somebody off their feet

to make someone fall over:
They were blown off their feet by the force of the explosion.
10

be rushed/run off your feet

to be very busy:
Before Christmas, most salespeople are rushed off their feet.
11

set foot in something

to go to or enter a place:
She swore she would never set foot in his house again.
12

be/get under your feet

to annoy you by always being in the same place as you and preventing you from doing what you want:
I hate summer vacation. The kids are under my feet all day long.
13

put your foot down

a) to say very firmly that someone must do something or must stop doing something:
You'll just have to put your foot down and tell him he can't stay out on school nights.
b) informalTTC to make a car go faster
14

put your feet up

informal to relax, especially by sitting with your feet supported on something
15

put your foot in it

especially British English put your foot in your mouth especially American English to say something without thinking carefully, so that you embarrass or upset someone:
I've really put my foot in it this time. I didn't realize that was her husband!
16

start/get off on the wrong/right foot

to start a relationship badly or well:
Simon and I got off on the wrong foot but we're good friends now.
17

not put a foot wrong

British English to do everything right and make no mistakes, especially in your job
18

have/keep both feet on the ground

to think in a sensible and practical way and not have ideas or aims that will be impossible to achieve:
It was a great result, but we have to keep our feet firmly on the ground.
19

fall/land on your feet

to get into a good situation because you are lucky, especially after being in a difficult situation:
Don't worry about Nina, she always falls on her feet.
20

get/have/keep your foot in the door

to get your first opportunity to work in a particular organization or industry
21

have a foot in both camps

to be involved with or connected with two opposing groups of people
22

have somebody/something at your feet

used to say that people admire or respect someone very much:
All Paris was at his feet.

➔ have the world at your feet

at world1 (24)
23

have two left feet

informal to be very clumsy
24

have one foot in the grave

to be very old or very ill - used humorously
25

...my foot!

British English old-fashioned used to show that you do not believe something that someone has just said:
£50 my foot! It'll cost £200 at least.
26

leave feet first

to die before you leave a place or job - used humorously:
If you keep fooling around with that gun you'll be leaving this camp feet first.
27

feet of clay

someone that you admire who has feet of clay has faults and weaknesses that you did not realize they had
28

foot soldier/patrol

PMA a soldier or group of soldiers that walks and does not use a horse or a vehicle
29TTW

foot passenger

a passenger on a ship who has not brought a car with them
30
a)

left-footed/right-footed

DS using your left foot or right foot when you kick a ball
b)

flat-footed/four-footed

HBH having a particular type or number of feet
31

foot pedal/brake/pump etc

T a machine or control that you operate using your feet
32

sock

the foot

the part of a sock that covers your foot
33

poetry

technical a part of a line of poetry in which there is one strong beat and one or two weaker ones

➔ the boot is on the other foot

at boot1 (6)

; ➔ get/have cold feet

at cold1 (6), underfoot

; ➔ drag your feet/heels

at drag1 (8)

; ➔ find your feet

at find1 (18)

; ➔ from head to foot

at head1 (1)

; ➔ stand on your own (two) feet

at stand1 (31)

; ➔ sweep somebody off their feet

at sweep1 (14)

; ➔ have itchy feet

at itchy (3)

; ➔ not let the grass grow under your feet

at grass1 (6)

; ➔ vote with your feet

at vote1 (8)
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