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[uhn-der-foo t] /ˌʌn dərˈfʊt/
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-, foot Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Well, have you ever seen a shipmaster walking his own deck as if he did not know what he had underfoot?

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • There was disorder, wavering, from underfoot groans and cries.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • Overhead the blue sky was clear and cloudless, underfoot the new grass made a thick carpet invitingly cool and refreshing.

    The Lilac Lady Ruth Alberta Brown
  • The despised but long dominant race was underfoot, and they stamped it down.

    The Vintage Edward Frederic Benson
  • Bradish hurried away into the depths of the house, manifestly glad to get out from underfoot.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • Others dart from underfoot to disappear in an instant in the cover.

    Unexplored Spain Abel Chapman
  • I answered, as I hove on the wheel and kicked rats from underfoot. '

    The Grain Ship Morgan Robertson
  • underfoot were carpets and rugs of the most costly, chosen with taste.

    The White Blackbird Hudson Douglas
  • underfoot were the uneven stones of the old walk with water-puddles in the hollowed-out places.

    Princeton Stories Jesse Lynch Williams
  • The floor of the gully was damp and silent; underfoot the ground was almost wet.

    Piper in the Woods Philip K. Dick
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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