- 1 [countable] the lowest part of the leg, below the ankle, on which a person or an animal stands My feet are aching. to get/rise to your feet (= stand up) I've been on my feet (= standing or walking around) all day. We came on foot (= we walked). Come on lads—on your feet and do some work! walking around the house in bare feet (= not wearing shoes or socks) Please wipe your feet (= your shoes) on the mat. Daniel was shifting anxiously from foot to foot. a foot pump (= operated using your foot, not your hand) a foot passenger (= one who travels on a ferry without a car) Synonymsstandget up stand up rise get to your feet be on your feetThese words all mean to be in an upright position with your weight on your feet, or to put yourself in this position.stand to be in an upright position with your weight on your feet:She was too weak to stand. Stand still when I’m talking to you! Stand is usually used with an adverb or prepositional phrase to show where or how somebody stands, but sometimes another phrase or clause is used to show what somebody does while they are standing:We stood talking for a few minutes. He stood and looked out to sea.get up to get into a standing position from a sitting, kneeling or lying position:Please don’t get up!stand up to be in a standing position; to stand after sitting:Stand up straight! Everyone would stand up when the teacher entered the classroom.stand, get up or stand up?Stand usually means ‘to be in a standing position’ but can also mean ‘to get into a standing position’. Stand up can be used with either of these meanings, but its use is more restricted: it is used especially when somebody tells somebody or a group of people to stand. Get up is the most frequent way of saying ‘get into a standing position’, and this can be from a sitting, kneeling or lying position; if you stand up, this is nearly always after sitting, especially on a chair. If you want to tell somebody politely that they do not need to move from their chair, use get up:Please don’t stand up!rise (formal) to get into a standing position from a sitting, kneeling or lying position:Would you all rise, please, to welcome our visiting speaker.get to your feet to stand up after sitting, kneeling or lying:I helped her to get to her feet.be on your feet to be standing up:I’ve been on my feet all day. CollocationsPhysical appearance A person may be described as having:Eyes (bright) blue/green/(dark/light) brown/hazel eyes deep-set/sunken/bulging/protruding eyes small/beady/sparkling/twinkling/(informal) shifty eyes piercing/penetrating/steely eyes bloodshot/watery/puffy eyes bushy/thick/dark/raised/arched eyebrows long/dark/thick/curly/false eyelashes/lashesFace a flat/bulbous/pointed/sharp/snub nose a straight/a hooked/a Roman/(formal) an aquiline nose full/thick/thin/pouty lips dry/chapped/cracked lips flushed/rosy/red/ruddy/pale cheeks soft/chubby/sunken cheeks white/perfect/crooked/protruding teeth a large/high/broad/wide/sloping forehead a strong/weak/pointed/double chin a long/full/bushy/wispy/goatee beard a long/thin/bushy/droopy/handlebar/pencil moustache/ (especially US English) mustacheHair and skin pale/fair/olive/dark/tanned skin dry/oily/smooth/rough/leathery/wrinkled skin a dark/pale/light/sallow/ruddy/olive/swarthy/clear complexion deep/fine/little/facial wrinkles blonde/blond/fair/(light/dark) brown/(jet-)black/auburn/red/(British English) ginger/grey hair straight/curly/wavy/frizzy/spiky hair thick/thin/fine/bushy/thinning hair dyed/bleached/soft/silky/dry/greasy/shiny hair long/short/shoulder-length/cropped hair a bald/balding/shaved head a receding hairline a bald patch/spot a side/centre/(US English) center (British English) parting/ (North American English) partBody a long/short/thick/slender/(disapproving) scrawny neck broad/narrow/sloping/rounded/hunched shoulders a bare/broad/muscular/small/large chest a flat/swollen/bulging stomach a small/tiny/narrow/slim/slender/28-inch waist big/wide/narrow/slim hips a straight/bent/arched/broad/hairy back thin/slender/muscular arms big/large/small/manicured/calloused/gloved hands long/short/fat/slender/delicate/bony fingers long/muscular/hairy/shapely/(both informal, often disapproving) skinny/spindly legs muscular/chubby/(informal, disapproving) flabby thighs big/little/small/dainty/wide/narrow/bare feet a good/a slim/a slender/an hourglass figure be of slim/medium/average/large/athletic/stocky build see also athlete’s foot, barefoot, club foot, underfoot See related entries: Body parts -footed
- 2(in adjectives and adverbs) having or using the type or number of foot/feet mentioned bare-footed four-footed a left-footed shot into the corner see also flat-footed, sure-footed More Like This Compound adjectives for physical characteristics -beaked, -bellied, -billed, -blooded, -bodied, -cheeked, -chested, -eared, -eyed, -faced, -fingered, -footed, -haired, -handed, -headed, -hearted, -hipped, -lidded, -limbed, -mouthed, -necked, -nosed, -skinned, -tailed, -throated, -toothedSee worksheet. part of sock
- 3[countable, usually singular] the part of a sock, stocking, etc. that covers the foot base/bottom
- 4 [singular] the foot of something the lowest part of something; the base or bottom of something the foot of the stairs/page/mountain The nurse hung a chart at the foot of the bed (= the part of the bed where your feet normally are when you are lying in it). Synonymsbottombase foundation footThese are all words for the lowest part of something.bottom [usually sing.] the lowest part of something:Footnotes are given at the bottom of each page. I waited for them at the bottom of the hill.base [usually sing.] the lowest part of something, especially the part or surface on which it rests or stands:The lamp has a heavy base.foundation [usually pl.] a layer of bricks, concrete, etc. that forms the solid underground base of a building:to lay the foundations of the new schoolfoot [sing.] the lowest part of something:At the foot of the stairs she turned to face him.bottom or foot? Foot is used to talk about a limited number of things: it is used most often with tree, hill/mountain, steps/stairs and page. Bottom can be used to talk about a much wider range of things, including those mentioned above for foot. Foot is generally used in more literary contexts.Patterns at/near/towards the bottom/base/foot of something on the bottom/base of something (a) firm/solid/strong base/foundation(s) measurement
- 5 (feet, foot) (abbreviation ft) a unit for measuring length equal to 12 inches or 30.48 centimetres a 6-foot high wall We're flying at 35 000 feet. ‘How tall are you?’ ‘Five foot nine’ (= five feet and nine inches). -footer
- 6(in compound nouns) a person or thing that is a particular number of feet tall or long His boat is an eighteen-footer. Both my brothers are six-footers. in poetry
- 7[singular] (specialist) a unit of rhythm in a line of poetry containing one stressed syllable and one or more syllables without stress. Each of the four divisions in the following line is a foot For men / may come / and men / may go. See related entries: Poetry Word Origin Old English fōt, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch voet and German Fuss, from an Indo-European root shared by Sanskrit pad, pāda, Greek pous, pod-, and Latin pes, ped-
- 1to tie somebody’s hands and feet together so that they cannot move or escape
- 2to prevent somebody from doing what they want by creating rules, restrictions, etc.
- 1with your feet touching the ground before any other part of your body He landed feet first.
- 2(humorous) if you leave a place feet first, you are carried out after you are dead You'll have to carry me out feet first!
- 1to be very strict in opposing what somebody wishes to do You've got to put your foot down and make him stop seeing her.
- 2(British English) to drive faster She put her foot down and roared past them.
part of body
used to say that a situation has changed so that somebody now has power or authority over the person who used to have power or authority over them to suddenly spoil somebody’s idea or plan by doing something to stop them from continuing with it to be deliberately slow in doing something or in making a decision to be lucky in finding yourself in a good situation, or in getting out of a difficult situation You landed on your feet, getting such a well-paid job with so little experience. Jim’s always getting himself in trouble, but he usually seems to fall on his feet.
to say or do something that upsets, offends or embarrasses somebody I really put my foot in it with Ella—I didn't know she'd split up with Tom. (usually used in negative sentences) to make a mistake In the last two games he has hardly put a foot wrong. to enter or visit a place the first man to set foot on the moon I vowed never to set foot in the place again. to make somebody/something independent or successful His business sense helped set the club on its feet again.
used to say that a situation has changed so that somebody now has power or authority over the person who used to have power or authority over them (informal) to do or say something that will cause you a lot of trouble or harm, especially when you are trying to get an advantage for yourself to admire somebody very much, especially a teacher or somebody from whom you try to learn to be independent and able to take care of yourself When his parents died he had to learn to stand on his own two feet. to make somebody fall suddenly and deeply in love with you She’s waiting for some hero to come and sweep her off her feet. See related entries: Love (informal) to sit down and rest, especially when you are tired Come and sit down and take the weight off your feet for a while. to be able to think and react to things very quickly and effectively without any preparation in the way; stopping you from working, etc. I don't want you kids under my feet while I'm cooking. to show what you think about something by going or not going somewhere Shoppers voted with their feet and avoided the store. (disapproving) to take care of somebody’s needs so well that they do not have to do anything for themselves He seems to expect me to wait on him hand and foot. (informal) to make somebody walk so far or so fast that they are very tired I hope I haven’t walked you off your feet.