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    put ones best leg first = set my best foot first

    Dear teachers,

    Would you help to me to make the proper choice of the meaning of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    Now you must put your best leg first, old lady!' whispered Sowerberry in the old womans ear.' (Ch. Dickens
    'Oliver Twist')

    I set my best foot first and whenever I met in with any one I cried out there was a wreck ashore' (R.L. Stevenson
    'Kidnapped')

    put ones best leg first = set my best foot first = walk fast

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V

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    Re: put ones best leg first = set my best foot first

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you help to me to make the proper choice of the meaning of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    Now you must put your best leg first, old lady!' whispered Sowerberry in the old womans ear.' (Ch. Dickens
    'Oliver Twist')

    I set my best foot first and whenever I met in with any one I cried out there was a wreck ashore' (R.L. Stevenson
    'Kidnapped')

    put ones best leg first = set my best foot first = walk fast

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V
    I've never seen this expression. Nowadays, we say "put ypur best foot forward." It generally means that you should begin something, such as a job, in the best way possible or make as good an impression as possible.

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