footing


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lose (one's) footing

1. To stumble and/or fall, typically during a physical activity such as walking. I sprained my ankle when I lost my footing on a hike. Be careful not to lose your footing while you're on the ladder!
2. By extension, to lose one's stability by entering a precarious or unsettling situation. I loved my job, so I really lost my footing when I was laid off. I'm just worried that he'll lose his footing if he drops out of school now—there's no guarantee he'll ever go back.
See also: footing, lose

foot the bill

To pay for something. I hope the production company is footing the bill for all of this air travel.
See also: bill, foot

hotfoot

To travel as fast as one can, usually by walking or running. We need to hotfoot it out of here before Mom catches us going through her things!

foot up

To add or total something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "foot" and "up." Do you mind footing up the bill for us?
See also: foot, up

wrong-foot

1. In soccer, to make a shot that makes a defender or goal keeper stumble or lose balance. The midfielder scored the critical tie-breaking goal just minutes away from the end of regular time, wrong-footing the keeper with a super shot across him to the top corner of the next.
2. To maneuver in such a way as to catch someone off guard, especially so as to put them in an awkward or disadvantageous position. The candidate has been so unorthodox compared to any previous primaries, and his caustic, vulgar comments have been consistently wrong-footing his more traditional political opponents. I'm not trying to wrong-foot the board of directors, I'm just trying to do what I think is morally correct.

foot the bill (for something)

Fig. to pay for something; to pay for a bill. My boss took me out for lunch and the company footed the bill. You paid for dinner last time. Let me foot the bill for lunch today.
See also: bill, foot

foot the bill

Pay the bill, settle the accounts, as in The bride's father was resigned to footing the bill for the wedding. This expression uses foot in the sense of "add up and put the total at the foot, or bottom, of an account." [Colloquial; early 1800s]
See also: bill, foot

wrong-foot

Deceive by moving differently from what one expects, as in He won quite a few points by wrong-footing his opponent. This expression comes from tennis, where it means to hit the ball in the direction the opponent is moving away from. It was transferred to other applications in the late 1900s, as in Susan Larson's review of a concert: "Music wrong-footing and deceiving the ear" ( Boston Globe, November 1, 1994).

foot the bill

COMMON If you foot the bill for something, you pay for it. Police will have to foot the bill for the damage to both cars. If the insurance industry were to foot the entire bill for pollution, it would bankrupt it. Note: This expression may come from the practice of someone paying a bill and signing it at the bottom, or `foot'.
See also: bill, foot

foot the bill

be responsible for paying for something.
See also: bill, foot

foot the ˈbill (for something)

be responsible for paying the cost of something: The local council will have to foot the bill for damage done to the roads in last years’s floods.
See also: bill, foot

foot up

v.
To calculate something, especially by addition: The waiter footed up the bill at the end of the meal. Our producer footed the expenses up after the closing night of the play.
See also: foot, up