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From Middle English on fote, from Old English on fōte (“on foot”), equivalent to on + foot.
- On one's feet; walking, jogging or running but not in a vehicle or on the back of an animal. [from 10th c.]
- The pub's not far: let's go on foot.
- (now rare, chiefly hunting) On the move; astir. [from 14th c.]
- In progress or in preparation; active, in operation. [from 16th c.]
- 1789, John Moore, Zeluco, Valancourt, published 2008, page 113:
- [W]ithin a short time it was generally believed at Naples, that a treaty of marriage was on foot between Zeluco and the young lady in question […] .
walking, jogging, running