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noun [singular] footing pronunciation in British English /ˈfʊtɪŋ/
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  1. 1
    a firm position for your feet on a surface, especially one that is difficult to stand on or walk across
    keep/lose/miss your footing: She lost her footing and tumbled into the river.
  2. 2
    the basic conditions in which something operates or develops
    on a sound/secure/firm/strong footing: The railway system must be placed on a sound financial footing.
    on a war footing (=ready to fight a war): The army is now officially on a war footing.
    1. a.
      the position of one person, group, or thing in relation to another
      on an equal footing (with): Smaller economies cannot compete on an equal footing with larger nations.
      on the same footing (as): European negotiators insisted on being treated on the same footing as the Americans.


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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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