foot

[ foo t ]
/ fʊt /
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noun, plural feet for 1–4, 8–11, 16, 19, 21; foots for 20.

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)


Nearby words

  1. foolproof,
  2. fools rush in where angels fear to tread,
  3. fools, feast of,
  4. foolscap,
  5. foosball,
  6. foot brake,
  7. foot doctor,
  8. foot drop,
  9. foot fault,
  10. foot guards

Idioms

Origin of foot

before 900; Middle English; Old English fōt; cognate with German Fuss; akin to Latin pēs (stem ped-), Greek poús (stem pod-)

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British Dictionary definitions for put one's best foot forward

Foot

/ (fʊt) /

noun

Michael (Mackintosh). 1913–2010, British Labour politician and journalist; secretary of state for employment (1974–76); leader of the House of Commons (1976–79); leader of the Labour Party (1980–83)

foot

/ (fʊt) /

noun plural feet (fiːt)

verb

See also feet, foots

Derived Formsfootless, adjective

Word Origin for foot

Old English fōt; related to Old Norse fōtr, Gothic fōtus, Old High German fuoz, Latin pēs, Greek pous, Sanskrit pad

usage

In front of another noun, the plural for the unit of length is foot: a 20-foot putt; his 70-foot ketch. Foot can also be used instead of feet when mentioning a quantity and in front of words like tall: four foot of snow; he is at least six foot tall

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Word Origin and History for put one's best foot forward
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Medicine definitions for put one's best foot forward

foot

[ fut ]

n. pl. feet (fēt)

The lower extremity of the vertebrate leg that is in direct contact with the ground in standing or walking.
A unit of length in the US Customary and British Imperial systems equal to 12 inches (30.48 centimeters).

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Science definitions for put one's best foot forward

foot

[ fut ]

Plural feet (fēt)

A unit of length in the US Customary System equal to 13 of a yard or 12 inches (30.48 centimeters). See Table at measurement.
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Idioms and Phrases with put one's best foot forward

put one's best foot forward

Try for the best possible impression, make a good start, as in Come on, let's put our best foot forward for this interview. The allusion in this idiom is unclear, though it may concern marching. One theory is that best foot means “the right foot,” the left being regarded as unlucky. [Late 1500s]

foot

In addition to the idioms beginning with foot

  • foot in both camps, have a
  • foot in one's mouth, put one's
  • foot in the door, get one's
  • foot the bill

also see:

  • bound hand and foot
  • caught flat-footed
  • get off on the wrong foot
  • not touch with a ten-foot pole
  • one foot in the grave
  • on foot
  • on the right foot
  • play footsie
  • put one's best foot forward
  • put one's foot down
  • put one's foot in it
  • set foot
  • shoe is on the other foot
  • shoot oneself in the foot
  • wait on hand and foot

Also see underfeet.

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