noun, plural feet for 1–4, 8–11, 16, 19, 21; foots for 20.
- a shaped or ornamented feature terminating a leg at its lower part.
- any of several short legs supporting a central shaft, as of a pedestal table.
- sediment or dregs.
- footlight(def 1).
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- to attempt to make as good an impression as possible.
- to proceed with all possible haste; hurry.
Origin of foot
British Dictionary definitions for put one's foot down (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for put one's foot down (2 of 2)
noun plural feet (fiːt)
- a unit of length equal to one third of a yard or 12 inches. 1 Imperial foot is equivalent to 0.3048 metreAbbreviation: ft
- any of various units of length used at different times and places, typically about 10 per cent greater than the Imperial foot
- infantry, esp in the British army
- (as modifier)a foot soldier
- a unit used in classifying organ pipes according to their pitch, in terms of the length of an equivalent column of air
- this unit applied to stops and registers on other instruments
- the margin at the bottom of a page
- the undersurface of a piece of type
- walking or running
- in progress; astir; afoot
- to try to do one's best
- to hurry
- to act firmly
- to increase speed (in a motor vehicle) by pressing down on the accelerator
Derived Formsfootless, adjective
Word Origin for foot
Medicine definitions for put one's foot down
n. pl. feet (fēt)
Science definitions for put one's foot down
Plural feet (fēt)
Idioms and Phrases with put one's foot down (1 of 2)
put one's foot down
Take a firm stand, as in She put her foot down and said we could not go to the carnival. This idiom alludes to setting down one's foot firmly, representing a firm position. [Late 1800s]
Idioms and Phrases with put one's foot down (2 of 2)
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
- 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.