a load off (one's) feet

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a load off (one's) feet

A break to rest, usually by sitting down. Do you mind if I sit down for a moment? I need to take a load off my feet.
See also: feet, load, off

*a load off one's feet

Fig. the weight of one's body no longer supported by one's feet, as when one sits down. (*Typically: get ~; take ~.) Come in, John. Sit down and take a load off your feet. Yes, I need to get a load off my feet. Fm really tired.
See also: feet, load, off
References in classic literature ?
A hotel would require pay in advance --I must walk the street all night, and perhaps be arrested as a suspicious character.
I am on my own ground, and have an undoubted right to place a ladder against the wall, and to look over when I please, without having any apprehensions of being taken off by the police as a suspicious character.