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    Bring someone to heel
    Idiom to learn: Bring someone to heel
    Defintion: Teach someone how to behave
    Sentence: Tim was a very indisciplined boy. However, our teacher has managed to bring him to heel

    Achilles' heel
    Idiom to learn: Achilles' heel
    Defintion: a weak spot in an otherwise strong situation
    Sentence: Our manager's lack of confidence to speak in public is his Achilles' heel.

    The shoe is on the other foot
    Idiom to learn: The shoe is on the other foot
    Defintion: situation has reversed
    Sentence: I used to advise my kids when they were little. Now, the shoe is on the other foot, they advise me!

    To put one's foot down
    Idiom to learn: To put one's foot down
    Defintion: to show your authority
    Sentence: When the children were not willing to go to school, the mother put her foot down and sent them off.

    Put one's best foot forward
    Idiom to learn: Put one's best foot forward
    Defintion: do something as fast as you can
    Sentence: If I put my best foot forward, I can finish this project ahead of time.

    Put one's foot in one's mouth
    Idiom to learn: Put one's foot in one's mouth
    Defintion: say something that upsets or embarrrasses someone
    Sentence: She put her foot in her mouth when she mentioned the bosses ex-wife.

    start off on the right/wrong foot
    Idiom to learn: start off on the right/wrong foot
    Defintion: start a relationship well or badly
    Sentence: I wanted to be friends with Amal, but unfortunately I started off on the wrong foot.

    A foot in the door
    Idiom to learn: A foot in the door
    Defintion: have a small but successful start
    Sentence: With his foot in the door in the furniture business, Kylen will probably soon become a tycoon.

    Have two left feet
    Idiom to learn: Have two left feet
    Defintion: be clumsy or awkward in your movements
    Sentence: I think I have two left feet. I am always having accidents.

    Stand on your own two feet
    Idiom to learn: Stand on your own two feet
    Defintion: be independent
    Sentence: Now that he is going off to university, he has to learn to stand on his own feet.

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