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on (one's) feet
1. Literally, standing upright. We've been on our feet for over an hour—let's find somewhere to sit for a while.
2. In a healthy or stable condition, usually after a period of illness or misfortune. I was out with the flu for a week, but I'm back on my feet now. After bringing in some new management, the business is finally on its feet again.
3. Quickly and extemporaneously. This job requires you to think on your feet and make decisions at the drop of a hat.
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on one's feet
1. Lit. standing up. Get on your feet. They are playing the national anthem. I've been on my feet all day, and they hurt.
2. Fig. well and healthy, especially after an illness. I hope to be back on my feet next week. I can help out as soon as I'm back on my feet.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
on (one's) feet
1. Standing up: The crowd was on its feet for the last ten seconds.
2. Fully recovered, as after an illness or convalescence: The patient is on her feet again.
3. In a sound or stable operating condition: put the business back on its feet after years of mismanagement.
4. In an impromptu situation; extemporaneously: "Politicians provide easy targets for grammatical nitpickers because they have to think on their feet" (Springfield MA Morning Union).
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