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first-foot

[furst-foo t]Scot.
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noun Also first-foot·er.
  1. the first person to cross the threshold of a house on New Year's Day.
  2. the first person met after starting out on the day of an important occasion.
verb (used with object)
  1. to enter (a house) first on New Year's Day.
verb (used without object)
  1. to be the first to enter a house on New Year's Day.

Origin of first-foot

First recorded in 1880–85
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Examples from the Web for first-foot

Historical Examples

  • "I should be the first-foot here, only I'm no use as a qualtagh," said Philip.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • But our business at present is with the first-foot, and we must hold.

  • It is more lucky to meet a man than a woman as a first-foot.

  • The "first-foot," on receiving his bread and cheese, is expected to return a short distance with the child, to show his good will.

  • He knew her at the first glance—it was the fair stranger—his mother's first-foot!


British Dictionary definitions for first-foot

first-foot

noun Also: first-footer
  1. the first person to enter a household in the New Year. By Hogmanay tradition a dark-haired man who crosses the threshold at midnight brings good luck
verb
  1. to enter (a house) as first-foot
Derived Formsfirst-footing, noun
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