feet of clay

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Used in the Bible in Daniel 2:34, part of the description of the huge statue in the dream of Chaldean King Nebuchadnezzar.

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feet of clay (plural only)

  1. (idiomatic) In someone apparently strong and without failings, a hidden weakness which could cause his or her downfall.
    He was disillusioned to find that even Lincoln had feet of clay.

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