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(Roman Catholic): Said to allude to the practice of Irish farm labourers of digging with their left foot on one-eared spades such as loys and slanes that were designed to be operated in that way.


left-footer (plural left-footers)

  1. Someone who is left-footed.
  2. (sports) A player who predominantly kicks with the left foot.
  3. (sports) A goal kicked with the left foot.
  4. (UK, Ireland, Australia, colloquial, derogatory) A Roman Catholic, especially one of Irish descent.
    Synonym: left hooker
    • 2011, Elena Forbes, Die with Me, →ISBN, page 382:
      Jones shook his head knowingly. "I forgot you're a left-footer. Catholic by name, catholic by nature."