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Definition of footing noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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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 backward 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 someone or 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.
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