floor

[ flawr, flohr ]
/ flɔr, floʊr /

noun

verb (used with object)

Idioms

    mop/wipe the floor with, Informal. to overwhelm completely; defeat: He expected to mop the floor with his opponents.
    take the floor, to arise to address a meeting.

Origin of floor

before 900; Middle English flor, Old English flōr; cognate with Old Norse flōr, Middle Low German vlōr, Middle High German vluor (German Flur)

Related forms

floor·less, adjectiveun·der·floor, nounun·floor, verb (used with object)
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British Dictionary definitions for take the floor

floor

/ (flɔː) /

noun


verb

Word Origin for floor

Old English flōr; related to Old Norse flōrr, Middle Low German vlōr floor, Latin plānus level, Greek planan to cause to wander
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Idioms and Phrases with take the floor (1 of 2)

take the floor

Rise to speak formally to an assembled group, as in After that long introduction, the treasurer took the floor. This idiom uses floor in the sense of “right to speak,” in turn derived from its meaning as the part of the legislature from which members address the group. [c. 1800]


Idioms and Phrases with take the floor (2 of 2)

floor

see ground floor; mop up the floor with; sink through the floor; take the floor; walk the floor.


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