under someone's heel

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of under someone's heel

: completely controlled by another person, group, etc.
  • They put us under their heel.

Word by Word Definitions

under play
  1. : in or into a position below or beneath something

  2. : below or short of some quantity, level, or limit

  3. : in or into a condition of subjection, subordination, or unconsciousness

  1. : below or beneath so as to be overhung, surmounted, covered, protected, or concealed by

  2. : subject to the authority, control, guidance, or instruction of

  3. : receiving or undergoing the action or effect of

  1. : lying or placed below, beneath, or on the ventral side

  2. : facing or protruding downward

  3. : lower in rank or authority : subordinate

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

heel play
  1. : the back of the human foot below the ankle and behind the arch

  2. : the part of the hind limb of other vertebrates that is similar in structure to the human heel

  3. : an anatomical structure suggestive of the human heel

  1. : to furnish (a boot, a shoe, etc.) with a solid attachment forming the part of the sole that is under the back of the foot : to attach a heel (see 1heel 4b) to

  2. : to supply especially with money or information

  3. : to exert pressure on, propel, or strike (someone or something) with the back part of the foot

  1. : to lean to one side : tip

  2. : to cause (a boat) tolean to one side

  1. : a tilt (as of a boat) to one side


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