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feet first

1. With one's feet entering something before the rest of one's body. You always want to jump into the shallow end feet first—diving could severely injure your head. It's probably easier to get into the crawlspace feet first.
2. As or in the manner of a dead person. They knew that the only way the gunman was leaving the building was feet first. If you mess up this deal, you'll be going home feet first!
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ˌfeet ˈfirst

(informal) dead or unconscious: If you want me to leave this house, you’ll have to carry me out feet first (= you’ll have to kill me first).
See also: feet, first
References in classic literature ?
Then the priest felt a large hand dragging him feet first out of the cell; it was there that he was to die.
I said to her: "Honour's always been honour, and honesty honesty, in Manson Mingott's house, and will be till I'm carried out of it feet first,'" the old woman had stammered into her daughter's ear, in the thick voice of the partly paralysed.
But she righted herself in mid-air and descended feet first.
They ain't a soul'll get out the room except feet first.
Presently he saw Mowgli's head move against the stars, and then there was a whizz in the air, the keen, clean schloop of a body falling feet first, and next minute the boy was at rest again in the loop of Kaa's body.
Then he ran as he had never run in his life before, spurned aside one--two-- three of the piles of stones into the dark, sweet-smelling gullies; heard a roar like the roar of the sea in a cave; saw with the tail of his eye the air grow dark behind him; saw the current of the Waingunga far below, and a flat, diamond- shaped head in the water; leaped outward with all his strength, the tailless dhole snapping at his shoulder in mid-air, and dropped feet first to the safety of the river, breathless and triumphant.
Turning off the light in his room so that it might not betray him, he went out the port-hole feet first.
Casting a look of reproach at me for having beguiled him from his watchfulness, he went over the side, feet first, turning over after he got under and following his line down to bottom.
They elevated the end of the hatch-cover with pitiful haste, and, like a dog flung overside, the dead man slid feet first into the sea.
The Leprosy Mission's Feet First project has won UK Aid Match funding meaning from 1 June to 31 August 2015 every pound donated will be matched by the UK government.
Feet First, from Sheffield, an Appalachian music and dance group, entertained visitors on Saturday.
Feet First, an authentic Far Eastern wellbeing concept has opened its doors for business at Festival Centre in Dubai Festival City with huge success.
Graham Nicoll, the regional centre head at Barclays Wealth in Birmingham, said: "Investors over the past year " There is often an irrational desire to follow the pack so when markets are booming people dive in feet first GRAHAM NICHOLL have been on a rollercoaster of emotions, especially since the events of October 2008.
He is raising cash for orthopaedic treatment charity, Feet First, and will be accompanied by the school's headteacher Jim Milne, who is among a team of drivers assisting the walkers during the event.
Corbridge mum Sarah Quinn has opened Feet First in St Mary's Chare Courtyard in the centre of Hexham, the only dedicated children's shoe retailer in Tynedale.