Definition of footing noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈfʊtɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfʊtɪŋ//
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  1. 1the position of your feet when they are safely on the ground or some other surface She lost her footing (= she slipped or lost her balance) and fell backwards into the water. I slipped and struggled to regain my footing.
  2. 2the basis on which something is established or organized The company is now on a sound financial footing. The country has been on a war footing (= prepared for war) since March.
  3. 3the position or status of somebody/something in relation to others; the relationship between two or more people or groups The two groups must meet on an equal footing. They were demanding to be treated on the same footing as the rest of the teachers.
  4. Extra examples Being inconsiderate to the doctor will get you off on the wrong footing. He struggled to keep his footing on the slippery floor. His career never quite regained its footing. Planning procedures gained a footing in local government. She looked over her shoulder to be sure of her footing. The army was placed on a war footing. The arrangement was put on a permanent footing earlier this year. The sole of this shoe will give a firm footing even on slippery surfaces. The two teams stand on an equal footing. We need to get the business on a sound footing. an attempt to put the economy on a more secure footing
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: footing