a plural of foot.

Nearby words

  1. feelgood,
  2. feeling,
  3. feelingly,
  4. feelings,
  5. feen,
  6. feet of clay,
  7. feet on the ground,
  8. feetfirst,
  9. feeze,
  10. fef


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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 or be rushed off one's feet to be very busy
carry off one's feet or 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 or keep one's feet on the ground to be practical and reliable
on one's feet or 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 Formsfeetless, 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

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]


In addition to the idioms beginning with feet

  • feet of clay
  • feet on the ground

also see:

  • at someone's feet
  • both feet on the ground
  • dead on one's feet
  • don't let the grass grow under one's feet
  • drag one's feet
  • fall on one's feet
  • get one's feet wet
  • get the lead out of (one's feet)
  • get to one's feet
  • have two left feet
  • hold someone's feet to the fire
  • off one's feet
  • on one's feet
  • put one's feet up
  • rush off one's feet
  • shake the dust from one's feet
  • six feet under
  • stand on one's feet
  • take the load off (one's feet)
  • think on one's feet
  • under one's feet
  • vote with one's feet

Also see underfoot.

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