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underfoot

[uhn-der-foo t]
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adverb
  1. under the foot or feet; on the ground; underneath or below: The climb was difficult because there were so many rocks underfoot.
  2. so as to form an obstruction, as in walking; in the way: the ends of her sash falling constantly underfoot.
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adjective
  1. lying under the foot or feet; in a position to be trodden upon.
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Origin of underfoot

1150–1200; Middle English underfot (adv.). See under-, foot
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Examples from the Web for underfoot

Historical Examples

  • Well, have you ever seen a shipmaster walking his own deck as if he did not know what he had underfoot?

    Chance

    Joseph Conrad

  • There was disorder, wavering, from underfoot groans and cries.

    The Long Roll

    Mary Johnston

  • He even moved a chair which might get underfoot in a rough-and-tumble.

  • I answered, as I hove on the wheel and kicked rats from underfoot. '

    The Grain Ship

    Morgan Robertson

  • Instead she did her best to get underfoot, usually in some provocative position.

    The Lani People

    J. F. Bone


British Dictionary definitions for underfoot

underfoot

adverb
  1. underneath the feet; on the ground
  2. in a position of subjugation or subservience
  3. in the way
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Word Origin and History for underfoot

adv.

c.1200, underfot "under the feet," from under + foot. Cf. Middle Dutch ondervoete. As an adj., attested from 1590s; in reference to persons, "continually in the way," it is recorded from 1891.

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