- a plural of foot.
- 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,
- in a standing position.
- in an independent or secure position: The loan helped him get on his feet again.
- in a restored or recovered state; able to continue: Psychotherapy helped her get back on her feet after her breakdown.
- 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,
- to be financially self-supporting.
- to be independent: Overprotective parents do not prepare their children to stand on their 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.
- the plural of foot
- at someone’s feet as someone’s disciple
- be run off one’s feet or be rushed off one’s feet to be very busy
- carry off one’s feet or 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 or keep one’s feet on the ground to be practical and reliable
- on one’s feet or on its feet
- standing up
- in good health
- (of a business, company, etc) thriving
- put one’s feet up to rest
- stand on one’s own feet to be independent
n.plural of foot (n.). In addition to the idiom (see the next entry) on one’s feet , also see
. 1Standing, as in I’m tired—I’ve been on my feet all day. [Mid-1400s] Also see get to one’s feet. 2Also, back on one’s feet. Healthy, returned to good health, as in I hope you get back on your feet very soon. [c. 1800] In addition to the idioms beginning with feet
Also see underfoot.