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[foo t-bahyn-ding] /ˈfʊtˌbaɪn dɪŋ/
(formerly in China) the act or practice of tightly binding the feet of infant girls to keep the feet as small as possible. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • And they say that one girl out of ten dies of foot-binding or its after-effects.

    The Child in the Midst Mary Schauffler Labaree
  • It will put an end to the cruelty and miseries of foot-binding.

    Village Life in China Arthur H. Smith
  • But when her father came home he had a long and serious talk with his wife about foot-binding, and off came the bandages again.

    Notable Women Of Modern China Margaret E. Burton
  • During her medical course Mary became more strongly impressed than ever before with the evils of foot-binding.

    Notable Women Of Modern China Margaret E. Burton
  • Within the last few weeks another edict has gone forth, directed against the practice of foot-binding.

    China and the Chinese Herbert Allen Giles
  • foot-binding is one of the most senseless and cruel customs it is possible to imagine.

  • The lower picture shows the terrible deformity produced by foot-binding.

  • In every home that professes to any respectability, foot-binding is an absolutely essential thing for the girls in it.

  • The foot-binding process in China is but an extreme expression of this old domestic concept, the veiling process another.

    The home Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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