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    Question Hero or heel

    Hello,

    what is the meaning of "hero or heel"?

    I forgot the exact sentence, but it was in an article about the Nov 26 massacre in Bombay. I looked up "heel" in the dictionary, but I could not see any meaning that would fit in "hero or heel".

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: Hero or heel

    A good guy or a bad guy.
    Someone who does good things for other people or someone who does good things only for himself at the expense of other people.

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    Thank you Barb_D.

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    Default Re: Hero or heel

    I heard this word (heel) again today in the movie Fletch

    Woman: You are not hitting on me are you?
    Chevy: I am such a heel.
    What does it mean in this context?

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: Hero or heel

    I am a low-down character who cannot be trusted.

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    Default Re: Hero or heel

    Quote Originally Posted by Olympian View Post
    I heard this word (heel) again today in the movie Fletch
    Woman: You are not hitting on me are you?
    Chevy: I am such a heel.
    What does it mean in this context?

    Thank you.
    The answers from the other posters are exactly right.
    I think the expression comes from the 'heel' of a shoe. In other words, a 'heel' is a low, dirty person just as the heel of a shoe is the lowest and dirtiest part of a person's clothing. For some reason, this expression is applied almost exclusively to men, and usually men who are disloyal or deceitful towards women.

    Petra

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