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[feet] /fit/
a plural of foot.
drag one's feet, to act or proceed slowly or without enthusiasm; to be reluctant to act, comply, etc.:
We can't begin the project until the steering committee stops dragging its feet.
land / fall on one's feet, to be lucky or successful, especially after difficulties:
He's had some rough times but has finally landed on his feet.
on one's feet,
  1. in a standing position.
  2. in an independent or secure position:
    The loan helped him get on his feet again.
  3. in a restored or recovered state; able to continue:
    Psychotherapy helped her get back on her feet after her breakdown.
sit at the feet of, to attend upon as a disciple or follower:
American writers and painters no longer sit at the feet of Europeans.
stand on one's own feet,
  1. to be financially self-supporting.
  2. to be independent:
    Overprotective parents do not prepare their children to stand on their own feet.
Also, stand on one's own two feet.
sweep one off one's feet, to impress or overwhelm by ability, enthusiasm, or charm:
The gaiety of the occasion swept them off their feet. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for on one's feet


the plural of foot
at someone's feet, as someone's disciple
be run off one's feet, be rushed off one's feet, to be very busy
carry off one's feet, sweep off one's feet, to fill with enthusiasm
feet of clay, a weakness that is not widely known
get one's feet wet, to begin to participate in something
have one's feet on the ground, keep one's feet on the ground, to be practical and reliable
on one's feet, on its feet
  1. standing up
  2. in good health
  3. (of a business, company, etc) thriving
put one's feet up, to rest
stand on one's own feet, to be independent
Derived Forms
feetless, adjective
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Word Origin and History for on one's feet



plural of foot (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for on one's feet

feeding frenzy

noun phrase

A scene of frantic competition, unexampled greed, etc: First the feeding frenzy begins. We did the story for two days, then the media angle on the story, and then the legal angle

[1980s+; fr the phrase used to describe the behavior of sharks who smell blood, find meat, etc]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with on one's feet

on one's feet

Standing, as in I'm tired—I've been on my feet all day. [ Mid-1400s ]
Also see: get to one's feet
Also, back on one's feet. Healthy, returned to good health, as in I hope you get back on your feet very soon. [ c. 1800 ]
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