under the foot or feet; on the ground; underneath or below: The climb was difficult because there were so many rocks underfoot.
so as to form an obstruction, as in walking; in the way: the ends of her sash falling constantly underfoot.
lying under the foot or feet; in a position to be trodden upon.
Origin of underfoot
1150–1200; Middle English underfot
(adv.). See under-
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
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Examples from the Web for underfoot
Historical Examples of underfoot
Well, have you ever seen a shipmaster walking his own deck as if he did not know what he had underfoot?
There was disorder, wavering, from underfoot groans and cries.
He even moved a chair which might get underfoot in a rough-and-tumble.
I answered, as I hove on the wheel and kicked rats from underfoot. '
Instead she did her best to get underfoot, usually in some provocative position.
British Dictionary definitions for underfoot
underneath the feet; on the ground
in a position of subjugation or subservience
in the way
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Word Origin and History for underfoot
c.1200, underfot "under the feet," from under + foot. Cf. Middle Dutch ondervoete. As an adj., attested from 1590s; in reference to persons, "continually in the way," it is recorded from 1891.
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