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Idioms With the Word “Foot” Learning Them Just Might Help You Avoid Putting Your Foot In Your Mouth
Did you know that American idioms and expressions often incorporate parts of the body? From arm to thumb and head to toe, there are all kinds of idioms that include body parts. This article will take a look at some of the most common American idioms and expressions that incorporate the word “foot.” Have you heard before? Do you use any of them?
If you speak English as a second language, you have most likely heard a great many idioms and expressions; some that you are very familiar with, some that you can guess their meaning from the context, and some that you have no idea what they mean.
When you hear an idiom that you don’t know, you might be hesitant to ask what it means, in fear that you might end up putting your foot in your mouth (say or do something wrong that often makes matters worse). You may understand many of the idioms you hear during any given day, but may feel insecure about using them in your daily speech. Some people are so hesitant, in fact, that they wouldn’t touch them with a 10-foot pole (something or someone very unpleasant that you would not want to go anywhere near).
The end result is that many people try to avoid using idioms so they don’t get off on the wrong foot (start something poorly or with mistakes)when they start a conversation with someone new. To help you overcome your insecurity about using idioms, choose a few that you are very familiar with so you don’t end up shooting yourself in the foot. (saying something that can create problems).
Everyone wants to put their best foot forward (try to make a good impression) in whatever they do, and we know that we are all judged on our ability to communicate effectively. Most American speakers are very accommodating when it comes to communicating with people who speak English as a second language and may try to put the shoe on the other foot (try to understand a situation from the other person’s point of view) to help them understand what you might be going through.
Don’t be afraid to ask someone what a particular idiom means when you hear it. Put your foot down (be assertive) and make sure they tell you. It will help you understand what they are really saying and avoid misinterpreting their message. This is one way to get your foot in the door (start the process of something) to improving your English skills.