hand and foot

hand and foot
adverb
in all ways possible
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they served him hand and foot

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adverb
Etymology: Middle English, from Old English hand and fōt
1. : in a way to prevent escape or totally impede action

bound the prisoner hand and foot

a woman who waited on her husband hand and foot

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hand and foot
1. Orig with respect to hands and feet
2. With assiduous attention
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Main Entry:hand

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hand and foot — see hand, 1
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Main Entry:foot
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hand and foot
1
— used to describe someone whose hands and feet are tied to prevent escape or movement

The prisoner was bound/tied hand and foot.

2
◇ To wait on someone hand and foot is to provide everything that someone needs or wants.

I can't stand the way they wait on her hand and foot!

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Main Entry:hand

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

См. также в других словарях:

  • hand and foot — {adv. phr.} 1. So that the hands and feet cannot be used. Used with bind or a synonym. * /The robbers bound him hand and foot and left him on the floor./ 2. So that no tree action is possible. Used with bind or a synonym. * /If Mr. Jones signs… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • hand and foot — {adv. phr.} 1. So that the hands and feet cannot be used. Used with bind or a synonym. * /The robbers bound him hand and foot and left him on the floor./ 2. So that no tree action is possible. Used with bind or a synonym. * /If Mr. Jones signs… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • hand\ and\ foot — adv. phr. 1. So that the hands and feet cannot be used. Used with bind or a synonym. The robbers bound him hand and foot and left him on the floor. 2. So that no tree action is possible. Used with bind or a synonym. If Mr. Jones signs that paper …   Словарь американских идиом

  • hand and foot — idi with slavish attentiveness: to wait on someone hand and foot[/ex] …   From formal English to slang

  • hand and foot — adverb Date: before 12th century totally, assiduously …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • hand and foot — noun A card game, similar to canasta, using two packs of cards …   Wiktionary

  • hand and foot — (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. entirely, fully, absolutely; see completely …   English dictionary for students

  • wait on hand and foot — {v. phr.} To serve in every possible way; do everything for (someone). * /Sally is spoiled because her mother waits on her hand and foot./ * /The gentlemen had a valet to wait on him hand and foot./ Compare: HAND AND FOOT …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • wait on hand and foot — {v. phr.} To serve in every possible way; do everything for (someone). * /Sally is spoiled because her mother waits on her hand and foot./ * /The gentlemen had a valet to wait on him hand and foot./ Compare: HAND AND FOOT …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • wait\ on\ hand\ and\ foot — v. phr. To serve in every possible way; do everything for (someone). Sally is spoiled because her mother waits on her hand and foot. The gentlemen had a valet to wait on him hand and foot. Compare: hand and foot …   Словарь американских идиом


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