Idioms

    land/fall on one's feet, feet(def 3).
    see how the land lies, to investigate in advance; inform oneself of the facts of a situation before acting: You should see how the land lies before making a formal proposal.Compare lay of the land.

Origin of land

before 900; Middle English (noun and v.), Old English (noun); cognate with Dutch, German, Old Norse, Gothic land; akin to Irish lann, Welsh llan church (orig. enclosure), Breton lann heath. See lawn1

Related forms

land·like, adjectivere·land, verbun·der·land, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for land up (1 of 4)

land up


verb

(adverb, usually intr) to arrive or cause to arrive at a final pointafter a summer in Europe, he suddenly landed up at home

British Dictionary definitions for land up (2 of 4)

land

/ (lænd) /

noun

verb

Derived Forms

landless, adjectivelandlessness, noun

Word Origin for land

Old English; compare Old Norse, Gothic land, Old High German lant

British Dictionary definitions for land up (3 of 4)

Land

1
/ (lænd) /

noun

Edwin Herbert. 1909–91, US inventor of the Polaroid Land camera

British Dictionary definitions for land up (4 of 4)

Land

2
/ German (lant) /

noun plural Länder (ˈlɛndər)

  1. any of the federal states of Germany
  2. any of the provinces of Austria
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Idioms and Phrases with land up (1 of 2)

land up


see land in.

Idioms and Phrases with land up (2 of 2)

land


In addition to the idioms beginning with land

  • land in
  • land on
  • land up

also see:

  • cloud-cuckoo land
  • fall (land) on one's feet
  • fat of the land
  • la-la land
  • lay of the land
  • never-never land
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