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



    BrE BrE//hiːl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//hiːl//
    Body parts
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    part of foot
  1. 1   [countable] the back part of the foot below the ankle See related entries: Body parts
  2. part of sock/shoe
  3. 2[countable] the part of a sock, etc. that covers the heel
  4. 3  [countable] the raised part on the bottom of a shoe, boot, etc. that makes the shoe, etc. higher at the back shoes with a low/high heel a stiletto heel The sergeant clicked his heels and walked out. compare sole
  5. -heeled
  6. 4(in adjectives) having the type of heel mentioned high-heeled shoes see also well heeled
  7. shoes
  8. 5 heels [plural] a pair of women’s shoes that have high heels She doesn't often wear heels. see also kitten heels
  9. part of hand
  10. 6 [countable] heel of your hand/palm the raised part of the inside of the hand where it joins the wrist
  11. unpleasant man
  12. 7[countable] (old-fashioned, informal) a man who is unpleasant to other people and cannot be trusted
  13. see also Achilles heel, down at heel
    Word Originnoun Old English hēla, hǣla, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hiel.Extra examples He rocked back and forth on his heels as he laughed. He turned on his heel and marched away angrily. I took my shoes to a heel bar to have them repaired. She came up the path with two little dogs at her heels. She caught her heel and tripped on the step. She took a potato from the fire and sat back on her heels. The officer clicked his heels together and saluted. The punch rocked him back on his heels. They reached the border with the police hot on their heels.Idioms
    at/on somebody’s heels
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    following closely behind somebody He fled from the stadium with the police at his heels.
      bring somebody/something to heel
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    1. 1to force somebody to obey you and accept discipline a non-violent means of bringing the rebels to heel
    2. 2to make a dog come close to you
    1. 1(of a person) to agree to obey somebody and accept their orders
    2. 2(of a dog) to come close to the person who has called it
    (informal) to have to wait for somebody/something to refuse to do something or to change your mind about something They dug in their heels and would not lower the price. to be deliberately slow in doing something or in making a decision
    head over heels in love
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    loving somebody very much He's fallen head over heels in love with his boss.
    (British English) to have nothing to do while you are waiting for somebody/something We were kicking our heels, waiting for some customers. (informal, especially North American English) to be relaxed and enjoy yourself
    (hard/hot) on somebody’s/something’s heels
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    very close behind somebody/something; very soon after something News of rising unemployment followed hard on the heels of falling export figures. He ran ahead, with the others hot on his heels
    to run away from somebody/something
    tread on somebody’s heels
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    to follow somebody closely
    to turn around suddenly so that you are facing in the opposite direction
    under the heel of somebody
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    (literary) completely controlled by somebody The island spent several centuries under the heel of the British Empire.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: heel