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Footing, 1) step, tread: “the earth, in love with thee, thy f. trips,” Ven. 722. “I hear the f. of a man,” Merch. V, 24. “the wooden dialogue and sound 'twixt his stretched f. and the scaffoldage,” Troil. I, 3, 156. to set f. == a) to arrive, to step on, to touch: “set no f. on this unkind shore,” H6B III, 2, 87. “when she set f. here,” H8 III, 1, 183. b) to get a firm position, to gain ground: “who strongly hath set f. in this land,” R2 II, 2, 48. “when Talbot hath set f. once in France,” H6A III, 3, 64. “that so degenerate a strain should once set f. in your generous bosoms,” Troil. II, 2, 155.
2) landing: “whose f. here anticipates our thoughts,” Oth. II, 1, 76.
3) dance: “and these fresh nymphs encounter in country f.” Tp. IV, 138.
4) the ground to tread on: “there your charity would have lacked f.” Wint. III, 3, 114. “shall we, upon the f. of our land, send fair-play orders to arms invasive?” John V, 1, 66. “on the unsteadfast f. of a spear,” H4A I, 3, 193. “upon the giddy f. of the hatches,” R3 I, 4, 17. “blind fear finds safer f. than blind reason,” Troil. III, 2, 77.
5) footprint: “dance on the sands, and yet no f. seen,” Ven. 148.
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