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noun     foot pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    [countable] the part of your body at the end of your leg, on which you stand

    Mary slid her feet into her sandals.

    wipe your feet:

    He wiped his feet on the mat.

    stamp your feet:

    They stamped their feet to keep warm (=brought them down hard on the ground).

    shuffle your feet:

    He looked at the teacher and shuffled his feet nervously.

    beneath/under your feet:

    The deck was slippery beneath her feet.

    1. a.
      [countable] the part of a piece of clothing that covers your foot
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    2. b.
    See also left, shoot, stand, think
  2. 2
    pluralfeet or foot
    [countable] a unit used for measuring length, containing 12 inches and equal to about 30 centimeters

    The house is 275 feet above sea level.

    The dining room measures 30 foot by 10.

    We had over two feet of snow last night.

    ...feet long/high/wide/tall:

    The boat is 25 feet long.

  3. 3
    [singular] the bottom of a slope, hill, set of stairs, etc.
    foot of:

    She paused at the foot of the stairs.

    foot of a mountain/hill/slope/cliff:

    We camped that night at the foot of the mountain.

    1. a.
      the bottom of a page or a column of words or numbers

      There was an error message at the foot of the page.

  4. 4
    [singular] the end of a bed where you put your feet
    foot of:

    Henry stood at the foot of the bed.

    1. a.
      the end of a table opposite to the end where the most important person sits

      A young officer at the foot of the table objected to the plan.

  5. 5
    [countable] literature a section of a line of poetry that consists of one syllable (=part of a word) that you emphasize when speaking and one or more syllables that you do not emphasize
  6. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    put your foot in your mouth to say or do something that offends, upsets or embarrasses someone else

    She put her foot in her mouth.

    Submitted by Desi Mileva from Bulgaria on 14/11/2015
  7. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    take the foot falcon Australian to walk instead of using a car

    The car was broken down so we took the foot falcon home.

    Submitted by tony jackson from Australia on 07/04/2014
  8. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    hold someone's feet to the fire to hold someone to account, to make sure they do what they said they would do

    In a city which recorded a 69.4% vote for Leave in last June’s referendum, a Ukip pledge to hold Theresa May’s feet to the fire on leaving the EU could go a long way.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 15/01/2017
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to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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