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feet of clay

if you say that someone you admire has feet of clay, you mean they have hidden faults Some of the greatest geniuses in history had feet of clay.
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feet of clay

A failing or weakness in a person's character, as in The media are always looking for a popular idol's feet of clay. This expression comes from the Bible (Daniel 2:31-33), where the prophet interprets Nebuchadnezzar's dream of a statue with a head of gold and feet of iron clay. [c. 1600]
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feet of clay

An underlying weakness or fault: "They discovered to their vast discomfiture that their idol had feet of clay, after placing him upon a pedestal" (James Joyce).
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feet of clay

A flaw or vulnerability of someone who is otherwise admirable. In the Bible's Book of Daniel, King Nebuchadnezzar dreamed that he saw a statue made of gold, silver, and brass, but with feet of clay. Daniel interpreted the vision to mean that the clay symbolized the Babylonian Empire's vulnerability and imminent collapse. (See Achilles' heel.)
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It's no bad thing that we see they have feet of clay.
Just like Senator John Edwards, whose feet of clay are now mired in a tabloid scandal which has destroyed his own White House hopes.
Birmingham should spend less time trying to find its hero - it knows too well that heroes sometimes have feet of clay.
It is good to see he does have a sense of humour, evidenced in a series of photographs in which he displays common phrases literally: Feet of Clay is a pair of feet covered in clay, Eating My Words shows a chap doing just that, and Waxing Hot has someone waxing three dimensional letters spelling HOT.
But instead of ensuring himself a hallowed place in working-class history, he proved himself to be just another career politician by not only abandoning the miners to their inevitable fate, but seeking refuge within Europe before his acceptance of ermine proved that he truly has feet of clay.
It is a shame therefore that the First Minister's feet of clay has prevented him from moving his party and Wales forward to the proper parliament that country needs and deserves.
Chelsea's boo-brigade were out in force again at the Bridge on Wednesday when the idols of the victories at Leeds and Manchester United once again were found to have feet of clay in a 1-0 defeat by hard-working Charlton.
As two men from the Bakersfield Christian Life Center strolled past the ride's sealed-off entrance a couple of weeks ago, they voiced frustration that the Man of Steel had developed feet of clay.
The detectives certainly think something about him doesn't gel, suggesting Nikki's hero may have feet of clay.
We don't expect our politicians to have feet of clay - a weakness in the character of a respected person.
In fact, real people are a real problem as it's never long before their feet of clay become all too evident, as Tony Blair has proved more than once.
Feet of clay had nothing on the Newcastle eight as they were systematically destroyed on their own scrummage ball, pressurised unmercifully in the line-outs and given a lesson in how to commit just enough players to the breakdown in order to turn over the Falcons ball.
On the pitch they may have wonderful footballing skills in their feet but off it they have feet of clay.
But they are not Gods and sooner or later their feet of clay reveal themselves.
The superstars that once we thought were Gods have feet of clay now.