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[feet] /fit/
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,
  1. in a standing position.
  2. in an independent or secure position:
    The loan helped him get on his feet again.
  3. 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,
  1. to be financially self-supporting.
  2. 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. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for fall on one's feet


the plural of foot
at someone's feet, as someone's disciple
be run off one's feet, be rushed off one's feet, to be very busy
carry off one's feet, 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, keep one's feet on the ground, to be practical and reliable
on one's feet, on its feet
  1. standing up
  2. in good health
  3. (of a business, company, etc) thriving
put one's feet up, to rest
stand on one's own feet, to be independent
Derived Forms
feetless, adjective
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Word Origin and History for fall on one's feet



plural of foot (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for fall on one's feet
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with fall on one's feet

fall on one's feet

Also,land on one's feet. Overcome difficulties, be restored to a sound or stable condition. For example, Don't worry about Joe's losing his job two years in a row—he always falls on his feet, or The company went bankrupt, but the following year it was restructured and landed on its feet. This term alludes to the cat and its remarkable ability to land on its paws after falling from a great height. [ Mid-1800s ]
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