Put Your Best Foot Forward


Have you found yourself paying attention to the symbolic aspects of feet more than usual? 

Feet and shoes, as well as all the idioms that have developed over time in our language, deliver all kinds of messages.

Here are ten more expressions that refer to feet or legs.  Check out the meanings.

31. “My foot” is an idiom for expressing scepticism.

32. One who is on his or her last legs is in a state of exhaustion or near the point of giving up.

33. To pull someone’s leg is to deceive them for humorous effect.

34. To pull the rug from under one’s feet is to be deprived of support or disoriented by a sudden action; to have the rug pulled under one’s feet is to be the victim of such an action. “Have the ground cut out from under one’s feet” has the same meaning.

35. To put one’s best foot forward is to make a good impression.

36. To put one foot in front of the other is to begin a laborious undertaking.

37. To put one’s foot in it is to do or say something that gets one into an unfortunate situation, suggestive of stepping into an unpleasant substance.

38. To put one’s foot in one’s mouth is to say something awkward or inappropriate.

39. To put one’s feet up is to relax.

40. To put one’s foot down is to be insistent.



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