on one's feet
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.

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{adv. phr.} 1. Standing or walking; not sitting or lying down; up. * /Before the teacher finished asking the question, George was on his feet ready to answer it./ * /In a busy gasoline station, the attendant is on his feet all day./ Compare: TO ONE'S FEET. Contrast: OFF ONE'S FEET. 2. Recovering; getting better from sickness or trouble. * /Jack is back on his feet after a long illness./ * /Susan was on her feet soon after the operation./ * /The bank loaned the store money to get it back on its feet after the fire./ 3. See: LAND ON ONE'S FEET, STAND ON ONE'S OWN FEET, THINK ON ONE'S FEET.

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • on one's feet — {adv. phr.} 1. Standing or walking; not sitting or lying down; up. * /Before the teacher finished asking the question, George was on his feet ready to answer it./ * /In a busy gasoline station, the attendant is on his feet all day./ Compare: TO… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • on\ one's\ feet — adv. phr. 1. Standing or walking; not sitting or lying down; up. Before the teacher finished asking the question, George was on his feet ready to answer it. In a busy gasoline station, the attendant is on his feet all day. Compare: to one s feet… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • regain one's feet — {v. phr.} To get back up again after falling down. * /Tom fell while he skied down the hill but he regained his feet quickly./ Compare: TO ONE S FEET …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • regain one's feet — {v. phr.} To get back up again after falling down. * /Tom fell while he skied down the hill but he regained his feet quickly./ Compare: TO ONE S FEET …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • drag one's feet — verb postpone doing what one should be doing (Freq. 2) He did not want to write the letter and procrastinated for days • Syn: ↑procrastinate, ↑stall, ↑drag one s heels, ↑shillyshally, ↑dilly dally, ↑dillydally …   Useful english dictionary

  • drag\ one's\ feet — • drag one s feet • drag one s heels v. phr. To act slowly or reluctantly. The children wanted to watch television, and dragged their feet when their mother told them to go to bed. The city employees said the mayor had promised to raise their pay …   Словарь американских идиом

  • off one's feet — See: KNOCK OFF ONE S FEET, SWEEP OFF ONE S FEET …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • to one's feet — {adv. phr.} To a standing position; up. * /After Henry had been tackled hard by four big players, he got to his feet slowly and painfully./ * /When Sally saw the bus coming, she jumped to her feet and ran out./ Compare: ON ONE S FEET …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • off one's feet — See: KNOCK OFF ONE S FEET, SWEEP OFF ONE S FEET …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • to one's feet — {adv. phr.} To a standing position; up. * /After Henry had been tackled hard by four big players, he got to his feet slowly and painfully./ * /When Sally saw the bus coming, she jumped to her feet and ran out./ Compare: ON ONE S FEET …   Dictionary of American idioms

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