two left feet, have

Be clumsy, as in I'll never get the hang of this dance; I've got two left feet. This expression conjures up an image of feet that are not symmetrical, as left and right are, therefore causing imbalance or stumbling. It was first recorded in 1915.


Nearby words

  1. two bits,
  2. two can play at that game,
  3. two cents,
  4. two gentlemen of verona, the,
  5. two heads are better than one,
  6. two oceans,
  7. two of a kind,
  8. two old cat,
  9. two pair,
  10. two rivers

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