Post by occam Post by Yurui Liu
What does "off" mean in "off someone's feet" in the following?
The doctor told me to stay off my feet for a few days.
They were blown off their feet by the force of the explosion.
Before Christmas, most salespeople are rushed off their feet.
... "He swept her off her feet with his love and attention."
My lady friend was literally swept off her feet by the man who became her
late husband. They hadn't met and were at a party where some Marines who
had drunk quite a bit were forming a human pyramid which was in danger of
collapsing. He carried her out of the way, and the dialogue was "PUT ME
DOWN!", "I've just saved your life".
Peter Young, (BrE, RP), Consultant Anaesthetist, 1975-2004.
(US equivalent: Certified Anesthesiologist) (AUE Au)
Cheltenham and Gloucester, UK. Now happily retired.