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set foot in (some place)

To enter some location. It wasn't me—I've never set foot in that building before! If you ever set foot in my house again, I'll have you arrested.
See also: foot, set

set foot on (something or some place)

To physically board something or travel to some place. As soon as I set foot on that train, I knew I'd never see my hometown again. It was her very first time setting foot on foreign shores.
See also: foot, on, set

set foot

1. set foot in. Enter, as in I'll never set foot in this house again.
2. set foot on. Step on, as in We were so happy to set foot on dry land. [c. 1600]
See also: foot, set
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He said: "Obviously the main moment was when I set foot on the seventh continent.
The Duchess of Cambridge set foot on Australian soil for the first time, to the delight of around 200 locals and travellers, as she jetted home from her Diamond Jubilee tour with the Duke.
The reputation of the Liverpool supporters and the players they worship ensure many visitors to Anfield are beaten before they set foot on the pitch - Martin Laursen promises Aston Villa will not make that mistake.
Lebanon has been suffering from a political vacuum ever since Syria set foot in our country," Ashkar said.
Before a customer ever set foot in their first store in Linden, New Jersey, the partners had already sold three franchises.
The way we view the solar system has changed since the last time humans set foot on the surface of the moon in 1972.
As pope, he set a new high standard in diplomacy, openness, and outreach; he was the first pope to set foot in a synagogue or a monastery, and traveled the globe--in his own words, he wished to be like Paul the Apostle, always on the move spreading the Good Word.
Navy sailor who served on an ammunition ship during the war but never actually set foot on Vietnamese soil.
Brownback has been one of the most incorrigible, arrogant, obdurate, and aggressive opponents of sensible immigration reform ever since he first set foot inside the Senate building.
Hans Schwarz locates Loehe within the ecclesiastical and theological movements of the nineteenth century and notes that Loehe did as much as Muhlenberg to influence Lutheranism in North America although he never set foot on these shores, probably because he thought a trip would be too expensive.
Some schools targeted by the ride have already told Soulforce not to come, and a few have even threatened to arrest riders if they set foot on campus.
This serves to thwart the "higher intellect" of the gallery-goer while flattering that of the evangelicals who are unlikely ever to set foot in here.
On July 20, 1969, a man from Wapakoneta, Ohio, made history by becoming the first person to set foot on the moon.
He has never lived outside his parents' home, never set foot on European soil, but in November--after saving for two years--he'll board a plane with a one-way ticket to Rome.