Speaking of Feet

The foot is used as a metaphor in many common sayings. Can you find any we have missed?

Be in step.

Go toe to toe.

Get a toe hold.

On your toes.

Toe the line.

Head to toe.

Under foot.

Get cold feet.

Drag one's feet.

Off on the right foot.

Off on the wrong foot.

Dancing with two left feet.

Live on a shoestring budget.

Put one foot in front of the other.

Wait on someone hand and foot.

Hanging on by one's toenails.

A step in the wrong direction.

A step in the right direction.

The shoe is on the other foot.

Stand on your own two feet.

Hold one's feet to the fire.

Shoot oneself in the foot.

Get back on your feet.

One step at a time.

Step on one's toes.

One step ahead.

Break a leg.

Shake a leg.

Step lively.

Step on it.

Step aside.

Step down.

Get a leg up.

Tip toe around.

Fancy footwork.

Hot foot it over to…

Something's afoot.

To think on one's feet.

Head over heels in love.

Footloose and fancy free.

Put your best foot forward.

A walk on the wild side.

To get a foot in the door.

To dig one's heels in.

Swept off one's feet.

Get one's feet wet.

He's a real heel.

Be out of step.

By Barbara


ŠKunz and Kunz 2004
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