first footing

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Etymology[edit]

From Scots tae first-fit (to be the first to visit at the new year, literally to first-foot).

Noun[edit]

first footing (uncountable)

  1. (Scotland) The practice, during Hogmanay, of visiting friends and family, especially to be the first person to cross a home's threshold after midnight on New Year's Eve bearing a small gift.