Meaning of FOOT in English

FOOT

I. noun

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

100 feet/30 metres etc high

waves up to 40 metres high

a ten-foot high statue

3 feet/1 cm/two inches etc thick

The walls are about two meters thick.

5 metres/3 feet etc in breadth

The boat measured 15 feet in length and 4 feet in breadth.

a height of 2,500 feet/10,000 metres etc

The aircraft was flying at a height of 10,000 metres.

a height of six feet/ten metres etc

Sunflowers can grow to a height of 15 feet.

a metre/foot etc in depth (= deep )

a channel of two feet in depth

athlete's foot

body/shoulder/foot etc massage

A full-body massage lasts around one hour.

club foot

crow's feet

every few feet/ten yards etc

There were traffic lights every ten yards.

five miles/ten feet etc away

Geneva is about 20 miles away.

flat feet

fleet of foot (= able to run quickly )

Atalanta was fleet of foot .

foot and mouth disease

foot fault

foot locker

foot passengers (= passengers on a boat, who are not in a car or other vehicle )

A queue of foot passengers was waiting to get on the ferry.

foot the bill/pick up the bill (= pay for something, especially when you do not want to )

Taxpayers will probably have to foot the bill.

goofy footed

got to...feet (= stood up )

Peter got to his feet .

grow to/reach a length of 2 metres/8 feet etc

A blue whale can reach a length of 100 feet.

hand/foot pump (= operated by your hand or foot )

have a length of 1 metre/2 feet etc

These leaves have a length of about 7 cm.

hind legs/feet/quarters/limbs

itchy feet (= the desire to go somewhere new )

I’ve only been back home for a few months and I’ve already got itchy feet .

jumped to...feet

She jumped to her feet and left.

leapt to...feet (= stood up quickly )

She leapt to her feet and started shouting.

quick on...feet (= able to move about quickly )

Boxers have to be quick on their feet .

regular footed

rushed off...feet (= extremely busy )

I’ve been rushed off my feet all day.

scrambled to...feet (= stood up very quickly and awkwardly )

Micky scrambled to his feet and hurried into the kitchen.

several inches/feet of snow

More than eight inches of snow fell in 48 hours.

shaky on...feet (= not able to walk very well )

Grandad was a little shaky on his feet .

six feet/ten metres etc in height

None of these sculptures was less than three metres in height.

soles of...feet

The soles of his feet were caked in mud.

sprang to his feet (= stood up suddenly )

He sprang to his feet and rushed after her.

stamped...foot (= because he was angry )

‘I will not!’ Bert yelled and stamped his foot .

stamping...feet (= because she was cold )

She stood at the bus stop stamping her feet .

ten feet/five metres etc across

The river is 2 kilometres across.

the bottom/foot of a hill

The house was at the bottom of a hill.

the bottom/foot of the page

See the note at the bottom of page 38.

the bottom/foot of the stairs

‘Lisa,’ he cried from the foot of the stairs.

the foot brake (= one you apply with your foot, to slow the car down )

He stamped on the foot brake.

the foot of a ladder (= the bottom of a ladder )

Zach waited at the foot of the ladder while Sam climbed up.

the foot of a mountain (= the bottom of a mountain )

We’ll take the car to the foot of the mountain and walk from there.

the foot/head of the bed (= the bottom/top of the bed )

I woke up to find someone standing at the foot of the bed.

three feet/two metres etc in width

It’s about six metres in width.

tie sb’s hands/arms/legs/feet

One of them tied her hands behind her back.

two miles/six feet etc apart

Place the two posts 6 metres apart.

unsteady on her feet (= she might fall over )

She was quite unsteady on her feet .

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADJECTIVE

bare

Remember to adjust the straps at the beginning and the end of the season to accommodate either bare feet or boots.

Wear your city brogues with bare feet and people will think you mugged some one for them.

Beloved put her fists on her hips and commenced to skip on bare feet .

Jack had kicked off his shoe beneath the table and as they ate his bare foot had lain between Polly's legs.

She went over to the fire and squatted down beside the twins, warming her hands and bare feet .

All the small buttocks somehow showed and, below that, the small muscled legs and tapering bare feet .

cold

Unfortunately he, the lover, had got cold feet at the last minute.

While Amelia is out dating, Laura is beset with a severe case of cold feet .

Some are said to be getting cold feet .

Juicy, tender and sinfully rich, I immodestly enjoyed every one when my companion got cold feet .

He gets cold feet and phones his bank manager asking him to stop the cheque.

Ringing in ears. Cold hands or feet .

Two weeks ago he was forced out of a reserve match complaining of cold feet .

He and his neighbors bought a fire truck to protect their area, but the neighbors got cold feet .

cubic

The discovery well produced a prolific flow of 19.4 million cubic feet of gas from depths of almost 300 feet.

On Friday, more than 60, 000 cubic feet came crashing down each second.

The single four-barrel Holley carb can gulp down a staggering 750 cubic feet of air every minute at full throttle.

It offers 118 cubic feet of cargo space, or five times the trunk space of a Buick Regal.

All the pallets were of a standard size which Bob guessed to be about four feet square, about sixty-four cubic feet.

It delivers about 700 million cubic feet of gas per day.

Oil equivalent figures referred to in this document are based on 6,000 cubic feet of gas equalling one barrel of oil equivalent.

Each pad, about a square inch, treats half a cubic foot .

left

As she did so, a rusty trap sprang shut, clamping her left foot .

With his left foot just outside the 3-point arc and 2. 0 seconds left, Edney dribbles for the final time.

At this point the student should be supporting himself on his hands and the ball of his left foot .

Turn the other way and put your left foot and left shoulder against the wall.

Stanley Gascgoine, a green marvel with a two-pronged attack, left foot , right foot or head.

The Bulls' forward has been suffering from a soft tissue injury on the bottom of his left foot .

Blood was spouting from cuts on my right hand, and my left foot ached a bit and felt strange - no more.

In 1990, the year they wed, Valerie had her left foot fused.

right

His eyes were riveted to the overhead screen while the heel of his right foot tapped nervously on the floor.

People said black dancers don't have the right body, the right feet .

Hanging off the bottom stair; her right foot suspended above the floor.

To ensure good luck, your daughter should leave home by the front door, stepping out with her right foot first.

The fracture to her right foot seems to be less serious than she thought when she pulled out last month.

The simplest way to pass the bulge is to kick your right foot up the wall behind you.

The baby grasped her right foot in her left hand and in her excitement dropped her bottle.

square

The area covered is 270,000 square feet of which the immense central hall occupied 79 feet by 183 feet.

When Bill and Melanie Parsons began designing their house, they figured they had 2, 200 square feet to play with.

This 64,000 square foot office block went for £3m.

The three-bedroom home is about 2, 500 square feet .

Plants 20 small plants per square foot looks densely planted.

Its tallest building is 14 stories, while the two largest have nearly 500, 000 square feet each.

Though there was no sail, there were thirteen square feet of cross-section for the wind to catch.

From about $ 9 or $ 10 a square foot to $ 12 to $ 14, according to Hanhan.

■ NOUN

soldier

The foot soldiers , however, did not benefit from looted oriental mail, or from the Western revolution in home manufacture.

Could politics function effectively if there were no foot soldiers ? 3.

Barbarossa's foot soldiers were often still attired like this eleventh-century warrior.

In such cases, the environment provides foot soldiers with confusing signals regarding the acceptable level and forms of political activism.

The Jacobites, with 800 horse and 6300 infantry, easily outnumbered Argyll's 960 dragoons and 2200 foot soldiers .

Hers was the record of, at best, a foot soldier in the feminist and abolitionist struggles of her day.

Dreben says that he never talks about his experiences as a foot soldier , but they were certainly horrific.

It is important to emphasize any explanation of the foot soldiers is highly contingent upon the environment in which they are operating.

■ VERB

drag

Mr de Klerk's people say the Congress is dragging its feet because it is too disorganised to talk.

Was it because he feared the Republicans were going to hammer him in the 1996 election for dragging his feet on enlargement?

Her body was dragged over 70 feet on the front and underside of the car.

On the other hand, the agency has been dragging its feet all the way in making the endangered determination.

He is a middle-aged man who drags his feet as he walks.

Despite the hoopla, the Admiralty dragged its feet for a year in arranging the formal trial.

Kaas leant forward and dragged Adam to his feet as he yelled for the guards to come in and help him.

Kennecott had been dragging its feet .

fall

He fell five hundred feet from a New York apartment window last year.

Small birds fell at my feet wherever, in my clumsy fashion, I trod.

Abruptly the ground fell away from our feet , an awesome void opened before us.

She unbuttoned her dress and let it fall around her feet .

She watched it slip and slide this way and that to fall at her feet .

We push ourselves higher and higher into the air and our shoes fall from our feet on to the concrete below us.

If a stanza from Sappho, for instance, were to fall on your foot , it might hurt.

jump

Shiona jumped to her feet , the adrenalin racing through her.

Monday decided to jump in with both feet .

He jumped to his feet , screeching, when Delia Sutherland's shadow fell across him.

The governor jumped to his feet .

Then she jumped to her feet and smoothed down the quilt.

Time after time, Republicans jumped to their feet to join Democrats in applauding the president.

So we don't jump in with both feet .

land

However he landed on his feet .

This is a company that tends to land on its feet .

I landed near the feet of a huge policeman.

Even in an industry that shrinks faster than microwave bacon, the good people landed on their feet .

Whitlock clambered over the fence and landed nimbly on his feet .

A couple virtually flew off, landing several feet away.

She clasped it, landing at the foot of the dune with her face in the wet grass.

Cliff plunge A man fell from a clifftop at Brighton early yesterday and landed only feet in front of a jogger on a path.

leap

Sometimes one of them would leap to his feet and dance a jig before falling over.

Laura leapt to her feet , a sign that she was about to deliver her own speech.

David Laing had leapt to his feet again, spraying his neighbours with cold coffee.

As she moved closer to him on the sofa, he leapt to his feet and began pacing the floor.

He leapt to his feet , took Talbot's hand, and shook it vigorously.

Now they leap to their feet as he runs in.

Flames leapt hundreds of feet high, illuminating the jagged edges of the blocks.

Duvall lashed backwards, but Jimmy had leapt to his feet , colliding with one of the hessian screens.

rise

There was a heavy spate a week or two later and the river rose a good five feet higher than normal.

Kay McGovern rose to his feet , cheering appreciatively when the performance ended.

White-faced, too shocked for tears, she rose slowly to her feet .

All at once Jeanne rose to her feet , and Ellen felt herself suddenly go on a physical alert.

Maggie rose to her feet , and looked out of her window.

The cars turned toward the Alabama Hills, a small range of barren rises at the foot of the Sierra escarpment.

Near Wolfstein the roads run along a valley floor, the hills on either side rising to above 1,000 feet .

The helicopter rose six feet into the air, tilted forward to gain airspeed, and buried its nose-wheel in the ground.

scramble

He scrambled to his feet and charged full tilt down the side of the dell.

He flushed, trying to scramble to his feet again.

Gripping the butt of the revolver, he scrambled to his feet and pushed himself forward.

He scrambled to his feet , knuckling sleep from his eyes with both fists.

I scrambled to my feet a little sheepishly as one of the Officers had turned round and was observing me as I approached.

As soon as the shooting stopped, he and his friends scrambled to their feet .

set

Q I have recently set up a four foot tank which I furnished with rocks, caves and bogwood.

Not a man sets foot on her till I have a signed waiver clearing me.

Large tank required I am going to set up a two foot tank.

After she sued, Harvard said it would file criminal trespass charges against Garzilli if she sets foot in the department.

He seemed kind, too, putting out a hand to set her on her feet again.

Streetsmart in Jersey City, many have never set foot in the big town across the Hudson.

She had set foot in Skipton and passed through Keighley, but these were small country towns.

Uninvited people were barred from even setting foot on the wide and well-tended road leading to his Pyongyang residence.

shoot

This is another classic example of our ability to shoot ourselves in the feet .

So they shot themselves in the foot .

A classic case of shooting ourselves in the foot , the chairman, Sir Alan Cockshaw, admitted ruefully yesterday.

But at the end of the day, they could end up shooting themselves in the foot .

The only real hospital case was a travelling salesman who had been shot through the foot .

Conceptually, the worst crime committed here is that the story shoots itself in the foot by making the political too personal.

Yet when Labour's prospects are rosiest, it always seems to shoot itself in the foot .

Red Death shot from your feet , fouling the air with its stench of rotting meat and rat feces.

shuffle

She looked down and shuffled her feet inanely.

So I breathe out long and slowly, and I shuffle my feet .

Standing at the kitchen counter, shuffling his feet to the music, he caught himself smiling from ear to ear.

Archie shuffled his feet and looked as if he'd like to vanish up his parlour chimney.

People cease to cough or sniff or shuffle their feet .

Des shuffles his feet , like he's just the driver and didn't oughta be around.

The only sound was the occasional shuffling of feet as they unstuck their warmed-up rubber boots from the lino.

spring

He rolled, sprang on to his feet , and started to wash himself.

He wanted to walk on his land, to feel it springing under his feet even after only three days away.

As Liz sprang to her feet , the house seemed to darken about her.

Suddenly, Boz sprang to his feet and strode towards the group outside the caravan, his face screwed up in fury.

Fedorov writhed from his attacker's grip and sprang to his feet .

Both men sprang to their feet .

Viol sprang to his feet , politely drawing back to allow his superior to precede him.

District councillor S. Carmedy immediately sprang to his feet and proclaimed that what I had said was untrue.

stamp

The guards who waited below them stamped their feet , beat down the snow beneath their boots.

It stamped a foot and snorted briskly.

He stamped his foot and looked around him like he was lost and might break out crying any minute.

I stamp my feet to warm them up.

One cradled a paper cup of coffee in both hands, stamping his feet as if it was cold.

I stamped my feet on the cobbles as a sign that I was freezing.

They stamped their feet for hello, and the ladies stamped back, Hello!

stand

A pity so many kamikaze spectators chose to stand in the four foot to watch it go by.

She could hardly stand with her feet abreast.

Accordingly it stood five feet high, surrounded by a low rail and of course covered with straw.

A faded yellow skip stood a couple of feet from the door, well within diving distance.

In the first one, the person stood with her feet against the wall.

Chopra stood unsteadily on his feet .

On March 23, 1935, it stood 726 feet and 5 inches tall.

tap

He tapped his feet to the music.

Clanahan, also listening in, tapped his foot .

The orchestra was playing a polka and the audience tapped their feet in time to the rhythm.

He taps his foot , sets his hands on his hips and looks angrily down at the floor.

He was tapping his foot impatiently, picking imaginary specks of lint from the sleeve of his coat.

I look up at the ceiling and tap my foot when my father and I argue, and this makes him furious.

After a short time had passed he began to tap his foot on the kerb impatiently.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

as little as £5/3 months/10 feet etc

be light on your feet

cut the ground from under sb's feet

drag your feet/heels

And don't drag your feet.

Elsewhere they dragged their feet until it became clear that the laws were unenforceable.

Mr de Klerk's people say the Congress is dragging its feet because it is too disorganised to talk.

On the other hand, the agency has been dragging its feet all the way in making the endangered determination.

On this occasion, their leaders have dragged their heels at every stage, without giving any of the ideas a chance.

The council was informed about the anniversary two years ago but has dragged its heels over putting it on any agenda.

They thus exhibit a strong tendency to drag their feet as doomsday draws nearer.

Was it because he feared the Republicans were going to hammer him in the 1996 election for dragging his feet on enlargement?

find your feet

I asked Susie if I could stay with her till I found my feet.

Susie said I could stay at her place for a while, just until I found my feet.

This organization's role is to help refugees find their feet when they arrive in the host country.

But Cambridge found their feet and took an audacious lead.

If this means raising their chair, workers may find their feet are dangling.

It yielded after causing only moderate cranial discomfort, but as it did I found my feet caught up in something.

Lord Airlie also went out of his way to help me find my feet.

New democracies have been born, struggling against appalling odds to find their feet, with hyper-inflation and national rivalries.

New teachers in their first year or so are still very much in the process of finding their feet.

We have to help them find their feet.

five feet/two metres etc square

get off on the wrong foot

We just got off on the wrong foot the other day.

Unfortunately, Pope got off on the wrong foot with his new troops.

We got off on the wrong foot the other day and it was my fault.

get/have cold feet

They later got cold feet and canceled the order.

But the prince got cold feet and failed to turn up.

He and his neighbors bought a fire truck to protect their area, but the neighbors got cold feet.

He gets cold feet and phones his bank manager asking him to stop the cheque.

I began to get cold feet, but these other two guys were totally positive and they were absolutely right.

Juicy, tender and sinfully rich, I immodestly enjoyed every one when my companion got cold feet.

Some are said to be getting cold feet.

Unfortunately he, the lover, had got cold feet at the last minute.

We are all tired, and have cold feet and hands.

have a sure hold/footing

have the world at your feet

have two left feet

in your stockinged/stocking feet

It would be too bad if the Panzers overran our positions and we were found to be in our stocking feet.

land on your feet

Capra lost his job, but landed on his feet when Columbia Pictures hired him.

After some ups and downs, young Mr Davison has landed on his feet.

Even in an industry that shrinks faster than microwave bacon, the good people landed on their feet.

He pushed the floor, and flipped over in the air, landing on his feet.

However he landed on his feet.

This is a company that tends to land on its feet.

not let the grass grow under your feet

on equal terms/on an equal footing

pick your feet up

Ronnie, stop shuffling and pick your feet up.

pull the rug (out) from under sb/sb's feet

pull yourself up/to your feet etc

Behind Duvall, Jimmy could see that Barbara was pulling herself to her feet.

Granny pulled herself to her feet and tottered over to the bench, where Hodgesaargh had left his jar of flame.

On March 4 she caught hold of the end of her buggy and twice pulled herself to her feet.

Weary now that the excitement of the film was no longer sweeping her along, she pulled herself to her feet.

Whitlock pulled himself to his feet and winced as a sharp pain shot through his left leg.

put your hand/foot/arm out

Everyone puts his hand out, from cabinet ministers to loan underwriters.

He put his hand out and there was Lily, quiet and warm beside him.

He put his hand out, touching his father's cheek.

Minna put her hands out and I handed her the divorce.

She tottered, and put her arms out.

Vern put his hand out this time.

When she put her hand out, trying to rise, she skittled a row of bottles.

rest your feet/legs/eyes etc

Fit in periods away from people, giving yourself the opportunity to renew your energy and rest your eyes.

He rested his eyes on her, very conscious of the smooth skin and her flowery perfume.

I took off my shoes and rested my feet on her thighs as she massaged them.

In fact I was having trouble finding a place to rest my eyes.

Should children with defective vision be resting their eyes?

Slinging his mac over the back of a pew he sat down and rested his feet on the one in front.

scuff your feet/heels

shoot yourself in the foot

If we just let him keep talking, pretty soon he's going to shoot himself in the foot.

Once again, the government has shot itself in the foot -- this time by reducing widows' pensions.

A classic case of shooting ourselves in the foot, the chairman, Sir Alan Cockshaw, admitted ruefully yesterday.

But at the end of the day, they could end up shooting themselves in the foot.

Conceptually, the worst crime committed here is that the story shoots itself in the foot by making the political too personal.

He certainly shot himself in the foot, pulling out of Glastonbury and playing Finsbury Park.

Men shot themselves in the foot, like in wartime.

So they shot themselves in the foot.

This is another classic example of our ability to shoot ourselves in the feet.

Yet when Labour's prospects are rosiest, it always seems to shoot itself in the foot.

shuffle your feet

Monica shuffled her feet nervously and stared at the floor.

Archie shuffled his feet and looked as if he'd like to vanish up his parlour chimney.

Des shuffles his feet, like he's just the driver and didn't oughta be around.

People cease to cough or sniff or shuffle their feet.

She looked down and shuffled her feet inanely.

So I breathe out long and slowly, and I shuffle my feet.

Standing at the kitchen counter, shuffling his feet to the music, he caught himself smiling from ear to ear.

This only discomfited the coroner further, he stared down at the floor and shuffled his feet like some clumsy schoolboy.

stand on your own (two) feet

Able to stand on her own feet.

I guess I shall have to learn to stand on my own feet.

Out-and-out competitive in the world market standing on our own feet?

She's very kind, but we ought to stand on our own feet.

She, who'd always stood on her own feet, fought her own battles.

Such beliefs are able to stand on their own feet, without support from others.

Using the market price means that each division must stand on its own feet, as though it were an independent company.

sweep sb off their feet

Donald absolutely swept me off my feet.

She's just waiting to be swept off her feet by a handsome stranger.

Then Peter came into my life and swept me off my feet.

take the weight off your feet

Come in, take the weight off your feet.

Make the bed - then you can lie down and take the weight off your feet while we talk.

the ball of the foot/hand

Calluses grow on the ball of the foot and do not have a nucleus.

However, I would suggest that you subsequently attack employing the ball of the foot rather than the injured instep.

Raise your back heel and rest your weight on the ball of the foot.

The heel of your leading foot should touch the ground, just before the ball of the foot and toes.

The jumping turning kick: strike with the ball of the foot, keeping the back leg tucked up.

the boot is on the other foot

the patter of tiny feet

Are we going to hear the patter of tiny feet?

the tramp of feet/boots

She glanced through the open gateway, her attention caught by the tramp of boots.

think on your feet

He can think on his feet quicker than anyone I've ever met.

I've always been good at thinking on my feet.

Industry today needs workers who can think on their feet and relearn their jobs constantly.

She clasped them and tried to think on her feet.

She had to use a lot of initiative and think on her feet.

Stay alert and think on your feet.

Their ability to think on their feet impressed the boss.

This will probably be to see if you can think on your feet and react well under stress.

You must not be afraid of thinking on your feet and adding good ideas that occur to you as you speak.

tie/bind sb hand and foot

We're bound hand and foot by all these safety regulations.

Then, before she realised what was happening, he fastened her in the double stirrups, binding her hands and feet.

vote with your feet

Women are voting with their feet and leaving the party in large numbers.

If not, they will vote with their feet when they are old enough to do so.

Perhaps it is not surprising that many younger doctors are voting with their feet.

The Derbyshire Times noted that defiant parents were voting with their feet by keeping children away from school.

wait on sb hand and foot

Oliver expects us to wait on him hand and foot.

walk sb off their feet

within two feet/ten years etc either way

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a two-foot-long board

He's six feet tall, with blonde hair and a mustache.

Is Daddy tickling your feet, Lisa?

My foot hurts.

There's a run in the foot of my nylons.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

And there was sand beneath my feet.

Fat ewes topped at £49 and ewes with lambs at foot £68.50.

It was always worse going down, and spiral stairs were the very devil in the dark if you had big feet.

She crossed backwards, blindfolded, wearing peach baskets on her feet.

We fell asleep listening to the surf chisel away at the foot of the cliff below.

II. verb

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ NOUN

bill

Actually, once the fund has footed a bill , it has in the past successfully pursued a polluter through the courts.

Individuals in dysfunctional environments often be-come dysfunctional in other aspects of their lives, with their organizations ultimately footing the bill .

These two mindless cads decided to bring the girl along to the East and have her foot the bill .

It follows talks with some of the unhappy policyholders without guaranteed annuities who will have to foot some of the bill .

The National Science Foundation, which was footing the bill , decided to hire an independent contractor to complete the project.

Gloucestershire County Council is footing the bill .

mouth

Just footballers, that very peculiar animal much prone to foot in the mouth .

But as we know, foot and mouth is fairly harmless, though highly contagious.

taxpayer

If taxpayers footed the bill, those costs might well be higher.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

as little as £5/3 months/10 feet etc

be light on your feet

five feet/two metres etc square

get off on the wrong foot

We just got off on the wrong foot the other day.

Unfortunately, Pope got off on the wrong foot with his new troops.

We got off on the wrong foot the other day and it was my fault.

get/have cold feet

They later got cold feet and canceled the order.

But the prince got cold feet and failed to turn up.

He and his neighbors bought a fire truck to protect their area, but the neighbors got cold feet.

He gets cold feet and phones his bank manager asking him to stop the cheque.

I began to get cold feet, but these other two guys were totally positive and they were absolutely right.

Juicy, tender and sinfully rich, I immodestly enjoyed every one when my companion got cold feet.

Some are said to be getting cold feet.

Unfortunately he, the lover, had got cold feet at the last minute.

We are all tired, and have cold feet and hands.

have a sure hold/footing

have the world at your feet

have two left feet

in your stockinged/stocking feet

It would be too bad if the Panzers overran our positions and we were found to be in our stocking feet.

not let the grass grow under your feet

on equal terms/on an equal footing

pull the rug (out) from under sb/sb's feet

take the weight off your feet

Come in, take the weight off your feet.

Make the bed - then you can lie down and take the weight off your feet while we talk.

the ball of the foot/hand

Calluses grow on the ball of the foot and do not have a nucleus.

However, I would suggest that you subsequently attack employing the ball of the foot rather than the injured instep.

Raise your back heel and rest your weight on the ball of the foot.

The heel of your leading foot should touch the ground, just before the ball of the foot and toes.

The jumping turning kick: strike with the ball of the foot, keeping the back leg tucked up.

the boot is on the other foot

the patter of tiny feet

Are we going to hear the patter of tiny feet?

the tramp of feet/boots

She glanced through the open gateway, her attention caught by the tramp of boots.

tie/bind sb hand and foot

We're bound hand and foot by all these safety regulations.

Then, before she realised what was happening, he fastened her in the double stirrups, binding her hands and feet.

within two feet/ten years etc either way

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

But, though local firms contributed, the public still footed much of the bill.

The National Science Foundation, which was footing the bill, decided to hire an independent contractor to complete the project.

Longman DOCE5 Extras English vocabulary.      Дополнительный английский словарь Longman DOCE5.