foot and feet idioms list
Let’s look at some popular body idioms that contain the word ‘foot’ or ‘feet’.
- back on one’s feet
meaning – healthy again after being unwell or have money after being in financial difficulties
example – Libby has a job; she’ll be back on her feet in a few months.
- don’t let the grass grow under one’s feet
meaning – hurry, act now, don’t wait
example – Brian is a useless employee. We’ve lost so much business by him letting the grass grow.
- drag one’s feet/heels
meaning – be reluctant to do something, be deliberately slow
example – My son won’t tidy his room, he’s dragging his feet. I guess he doesn’t want pocket money.
- find one’s feet
meaning – gain experience/confidence
example – I’ve been in the country for a month, and I feel like I’ve found my feet
- follow in one’s father’s footsteps
meaning – do the same job as your father
example – Nigel doesn’t want to follow in his father’s footsteps, he wants to be a pilot.
- foot in mouth disease
meaning – say inappropriate/insensitive things at the wrong time
example – Please don’t let Andy speak to the clients, he’s got foot in mouth disease.
- foot the bill
meaning – pay for something
example – My generous parents have footed the bill. I am debt free.
- get cold feet
meaning – get nervous and change one’s mind about doing something
example – I didn’t compete in the singing competition, I saw the audience and got cold feet.
- get off on the wrong foot
meaning – begin a friendship badly
example – I always get off on the wrong foot with people. I think I come across a little arrogant.
- have itchy feet
meaning – have a strong desire to move/travel
example – I’ve got itchy feet! I’ve outgrown my town and I need a new challenge.
- have one’s foot in the door
meaning – start working for a company in a low position in the hope of getting promoted
example – I’d love to get my foot in the door at Google.
- have two left feet
meaning – you can’t dance
example – Jasper asked me to the prom. I turned him down as he has two left feet.
- jump in feet first
meaning – do something quickly without hesitating or panicking
example – Starting a new school is scary, jump in feet first and you’ll be fine.
- jump in with both feet
meaning – start doing something enthusiastically
example – Louis is a great addition to the team, he jumped in with both feet.
- keep one’s feet on the ground
meaning – remain calm and sensible after becoming successful
example – My multimillionaire dad still sees his school friends and drinks cheap wine. He keeps his feet on the ground.
- land on one’s feet
meaning – be lucky/successful especially in difficult times
example – After being rejected numerous times, Ollie has landed on his feet and works for Microsoft.
- one foot in the grave
meaning – an old/sick person who will die soon
example – I caught pneumonia, I felt like I had one foot in the grave.
- put one’s best foot forward
meaning – attempt to make a good impression/try your best
example – The boss is coming to the office today, I’ll put my best foot forward.
- put one’s feet up
meaning – stop working, sit and relax
example – You put your feet up and relax, I’ll make the dinner.
- put one’s foot down
meaning – use authority to stop something from happening or accelerate in a vehicle
example – We are going to be late for the funeral! Put your foot down.
- put one’s foot in it
meaning – say or do something tactless
example – I’m afraid I’m going to put my foot in it and let slip about her surprise party.
- shoe is on the other foot
meaning – the situation a has reversed
example – My brother used to beat me up. Now I’m 6 ft 3”, the shoe is on the other foot.
- six feet under
meaning – dead and buried
example – Alice is six feet under, she passed away recently.
- stand on one’s own two feet
meaning – be independent and not rely on others
example – It’s time my kids moved out and stood on their own two feet. They’re in their thirties.
- wait on someone hand and foot
meaning – do everything someone wants
example – I stayed in a luxury hotel. They waited on me hand and foot.
foot and feet idioms list with pictures
Here’s some real life picture examples.