set foot on (something or some place)

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
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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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

set foot somewhere

COMMON If you set foot somewhere, you physically go there. I never expected to set foot on British soil again. Poor kid, he thought, little did she know what lay ahead of her even before she set foot on foreign soil. I am not letting anyone else set foot outside this house.
See also: foot, set, somewhere
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

set foot on

(or in) enter; go into
The phrase is usually used in negatives or questions.
See also: foot, on, set
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set foot on

To step on.
See also: foot, on, set
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