regain (one's) feet

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regain (one's) feet

1. To stand upright on one's feet again, as after falling, stumbling, or being in a prone or sitting position. The boxer struggled to regain her feet after being knocked to the mat. I've been bedridden for so long that it took a bit of effort to finally regain my feet.
2. To recover from financial difficulties or a precarious financial situation. I'd be able to regain my feet if I could just pay off this damned credit card debt. If we could just secure a loan or investment, it would really help us regain our feet.
See also: feet, regain

regain one's feet

 
1. Lit. to stand up again after falling or stumbling. I fell on the ice and almost couldn't regain my feet. I helped my uncle regain his feet as he tried to get up from the floor.
2. . Fig. to become independent after financial difficulties. I lent Bill $400 to help him regain his feet. I'll be able to pay my bills when I regain my feet.
See also: feet, regain
References in classic literature ?
With a final effort he threw himself from Numa's back and sought, by his quickness, to elude the frenzied beast for the fraction of an instant that would permit him to regain his feet and meet the animal again upon a more even footing.
Leaping over his prostrate body, I seized the cudgel and finished the monster before he could regain his feet.
Then he led the Saw-Horse back to where Jack was vainly struggling to regain his feet, and after assisting the Pumpkinhead to stand upright Tip whittled out a new ear and fastened it to the horse's head.
Twice Turan struck it away as he sought to regain his feet, but both times it returned with increased ferocity to renew the attack.
Not being held, however, Thomas was able to regain his feet for the score, which was converted by fly-half Jack Maynard.
Christopher Samba made a hash of a clearance and David Ngog had enough space inside his box to regain his feet and slide a pass back to Davies.
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The punch felled Jones for only the third time in his 60-fight career and, although he was able to regain his feet, Green swarmed all over him, leaving referee Howard Foster with no option but to stop the fight.
Mellor almost restored Liverpool's advantage five minutes before the break when he ran clear of the defence and hit a stinging left footed drive which Newcastle keeper Tim Krul could only parry to Anderson, but the keeper then did well to regain his feet and block Anderson's shot.
After five seconds he managed to climb up the ropes and regain his feet but the guests at the dinner show were already turning their attention to the cheese and oatcakes, assuming it was a straight knockout.
Tracey managed to regain his feet and claw the ball away for a corner.
As his nightmare debut was complete when he went full stretch to push out Danny Hill's 20 yarder four minutes later and was unable to regain his feet in time to prevent the Cardiff midfielder completing the job.
"Then he did a cartwheel but started to regain his feet and, fortunately, his nose was pointing in the right direction and he just made it over the line in front," said trainer's husband, Sid Page, yesterday.
Then, as he struggled inside the costume to regain his feet, they nicked some counterfeit money.
His superb block denied Holland but he had no right to regain his feet and stretch his 6ft 7in body to flip Robinson's follow-up over the bar.