put one foot in front of the other

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of put one foot in front of the other

: to walk especially when it is difficult
  • It's a long hike, but we'll get there if we just keep putting one foot in front of the other.

Word by Word Definitions

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

  2. : to move in a specified direction

  3. : to send (something, such as a weapon or missile) into or through something : thrust

  1. : a throw made with an overhand pushing motion

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

  1. : being in place : fixed, set

foot play
  1. : the terminal part of the vertebrate (see 1vertebrate) leg upon which an individual stands

  2. : an invertebrate organ of locomotion or attachment

  3. : any of various units of length based on the length of the human foot

  1. : dance

  2. : to go on foot

  3. : to make speed : move

front play
  1. : forehead

  2. : external and often feigned appearance especially in the face of danger or adversity

  3. : vanguard

  1. : to have the front or principal side adjacent to something

  2. : to act or serve as a cover or front (see 1front 7a) for something or someone

  3. : to assume a fake or false personality to conceal one's true identity and character

  1. : of, relating to, or situated at the front

  2. : acting as a front

  3. : articulated at or toward the front of the oral passage

other play
  1. : being the one (as of two or more) remaining or not included

  2. : being the one or ones distinct from that or those first mentioned or implied

  3. : second

  1. : one that remains of two or more

  2. : a thing opposite to or excluded by something else

  3. : a different or additional one

  1. : one of two that remains

  2. : each preceding one

  3. : a different or additional one

  1. : otherwise

  1. : to treat or consider (a person or a group of people) as alien to oneself or one's group (as because of different racial, sexual, or cultural characteristics)


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