Do You Have a Foot in the Door?


Continuing from yesterday – here is second batch.

You probably refer to feet more than you think you do.  When you start paying attention to speech and writing patterns, you find feet – usually fitted out as idioms or expressions – deliver all kinds of messages.

Here are ten expressions that refer to feet or legs.  Check out the meanings. Have you heard or used one of these idioms recently?


11. To foot the bill is to accept financial responsibility.

12. To get down on your knees means to figuratively submit or ask for forgiveness.

13.–14. To get one’s feet wet is to have a modest or mild introductory experience; to put one’s toe in the water is to do so even more hesitantly.

15.–16. To get or start off on the right foot is to make a good first impression or to act productively soon after beginning an endeavor, and to get or start off on the wrong foot is to leave a poor first impression or act counterproductively soon after beginning an endeavor.

17. To get one’s sea legs to become accustomed to the pitch and roll of a marine vessel or, by extension, to become used to a situation.

18. To have a foot in the door is to have an advantage that will enable one to obtain a desired result.

19. To have foot-in-mouth disease is to habitually make awkward or inappropriate comments.

20. To have one’s feet in both camps is to be opportunistically sympathetic to two opposing viewpoints.

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