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perform, laud, proclaim, observe, praise, honor, revere, cavort, gambol, frolic, prance, play, rollick, frisk, romp, dance, spring, bound, bounce, jump

Nearby words

heedful, heedfully, heedless, heedlessly, heehaw, heel, heel bar, heel bone, heel breast, heel fly, heel in

Idioms

Origin of heel

1
before 850; Middle English; Old English hēl(a); cognate with Dutch hiel, Old Norse hǣll. See hock1
Related formsheel·less, adjective
Can be confusedheal heel he'll
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British Dictionary definitions for kick up one's heels (1 of 2)

heel

1
/ (hiːl) /

noun

verb

Derived Formsheelless, adjective

Word Origin for heel

Old English hēla; related to Old Norse hǣll, Old Frisian hêl

British Dictionary definitions for kick up one's heels (2 of 2)

heel

2
/ (hiːl) /

verb

(of a vessel) to lean over; list

noun

inclined position from the verticalthe boat is at ten degrees of heel

Word Origin for heel

Old English hieldan; related to Old Norse hallr inclined, Old High German helden to bow
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Medicine definitions for kick up one's heels

heel

[ hēl ]

n.

The rounded posterior portion of the foot under and behind the ankle.
A similar anatomical part, such as the rounded base of the palm.
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Idioms and Phrases with kick up one's heels (1 of 2)

kick up one's heels


Enjoy oneself, as in When she retires, she plans to kick up her heels and travel. This expression originated about 1600 with a totally different meaning, “to be killed.” The modern sense, alluding to a prancing horse or exuberant dancer, dates from about 1900.

Idioms and Phrases with kick up one's heels (2 of 2)

heel


see Achilles' heel; at someone's heels; bring to heel; cool one's heels; dig in (one's heels); drag one's feet (heels); head over heels; kick up one's heels; on the heels of; out at the elbows (heels); set back on one's heels; show one's heels; take to one's heels; to heel; turn on one's heel.

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