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put one's foot down

Definition of put one's foot down

  1. 1 :  to deal with someone in a harsh or strict way <When my son broke his curfew for the third time, I knew it was time to put my foot down.>

  2. 2 British :  to make a car go faster



Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to place in a specified position or relationship :  lay

    :  to move in a specified direction

    :  to send (as a weapon or missile) into or through something :  thrust

  1. :  a throw made with an overhand pushing motion

    :  the act or an instance of putting the shot

    :  an option to sell a specified amount of a security (as a stock) or commodity (as wheat) at a fixed price at or within a specified time — compare call 3d

  1. :  being in place :  fixed, set

footplay
  1. :  the terminal part of the vertebrate leg upon which an individual stands

    :  an invertebrate organ of locomotion or attachment

    :  a ventral muscular surface or process of a mollusk

  1. :  dance

    :  to go on foot

    :  to make speed :  move

downplay
  1. :  toward or in a lower physical position

    :  to a lying or sitting position

    :  toward or to the ground, floor, or bottom

  1. :  down along, around, through, toward, in, into, or on

  1. :  to cause to go or come down: as

    :  bring down

    :  consume

  1. :  occupying a low position

    :  lying on the ground

    :  directed or going downward

  1. :  descent, depression

    :  an instance of putting down

    :  a complete play to advance the ball in football

  1. :  a sheep of any breed originating in the downs of southern England

  1. :  a covering of soft fluffy feathers

    :  these feathers

    :  something soft and fluffy like down


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