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surefooted

[shoo r-foo t-id, shur-] /ˈʃʊərˈfʊt ɪd, ˈʃɜr-/
adjective
1.
not likely to stumble, slip, or fall.
2.
proceeding surely; unerring:
his surefooted pursuit of success.
Origin of surefooted
1625-1635
First recorded in 1625-35; sure + foot + -ed3
Related forms
surefootedly, adverb
surefootedness, noun
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  • He was the slowest of them all, but he was surefooted and steady and very wise.

    Out of the Depths

    Robert Ames Bennet
  • But to any surefooted traveller that would not constitute a real danger.

    In the Forbidden Land Arnold Henry Savage Landor
  • She was a daughter of the hills, as surefooted as a mountain goat.

    Brand Blotters William MacLeod Raine
  • Shirley was surefooted and agile; she could spring like a deer when she chose.

    Shirley Charlotte Bront
  • Although the night was dark, the roadbed was firm and Midnight surefooted.

    The Fourth Watch H. A. Cody
  • His surefooted broncho scrambled catlike up steep inclines and slid in clouds of dust down breakneck hillsides of loose rubble.

    The Highgrader William MacLeod Raine
  • The maiden's palfrey was none too clever or surefooted upon these rough hillsides, and their progress would be but slow.

    The Lord of Dynevor Evelyn Everett-Green
  • No one who has been up and down them, behind one of the surefooted country-bred ponies, can fear any ordinary descent.

    Nooks and Corners of Cornwall C. A. Dawson Scott
  • None but strong, determined, inspired men could have followed the pace set by the lithe, surefooted Selim.

    The Man From Brodney's

    George Barr McCutcheon

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