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    was on his feet

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    Does the phrase "was on his feet" always mean that he was standing?

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    Re: was on his feet

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    Hi

    Does the phrase "was on his feet" always mean that he was standing?
    No, for example you could say this:
    "He has tinea on his hands and it was on his feet too."
    "The police knew he had been in the victim's room because her blood was on his feet."

    But, perhaps more relevantly, "on his feet" can mean functional or coping: "The legless man was ill for a while, but now he's back on his feet."

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    Re: was on his feet

    Hi

    What about this:

    From behind this floral screen he was watchful, and was on his feet, regarding her speculatively and then with a welcoming smile before she was within speaking distance.

    Does it mean he was standing?

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    Re: was on his feet

    It can also mean 'He leapt to his feet'.

    'He was lounging in his armchair when his daughter announced that she was pregnant. Furious, he was on his feet faster than any of us thought possible.'

    Rover

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