feet of clay

noun phrase

: a character flaw that is usually not readily apparent

Word History

Etymology

from the feet of the idol in Daniel 2:33

First Known Use

1814, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of feet of clay was in 1814

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“Feet of clay.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feet%20of%20clay. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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