set foot

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set foot (third-person singular simple present sets foot, present participle setting foot, simple past and past participle set foot)

  1. (idiomatic, rhetorical with in) To enter
    • 1898, J. Meade Falkner, Moonfleet Chapter 4
      Yet had I scarce set foot in the passage when I stopped, remembering how once already this same evening I had played the coward, and run home scared with my own fears.
  2. (idiomatic, rhetorical with on) To step onto
    • After the boat capsized, I thought that I would never set foot on dry land again.