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fall over one's feet

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Etymology

From the phrase fall over one's feet, meaning stumble.

Verb

Infinitive
to fall over one's feet

Third person singular
falls over one's feet

Simple past
fell over one's feet

Past participle
fallen over one's feet

Present participle
falling over one's feet

to fall over one's feet (third-person singular simple present falls over one's feet, present participle falling over one's feet, simple past fell over one's feet, past participle fallen over one's feet)
  1. To hasten.
    • Diana Wynne Jones, "The Master", in her own Unexpected Magic: Collected Stories, 2004 HarperCollins, ISBN 0060555335, page 55,
      "Show me the rest of the house," I said, to distract him. He fell over his feet to oblige.
    • 2001, Elizabeth Peters, He Shall Thunder in the Sky, HarperCollins, ISBN 0380798581, page 261,
      Supposing there is a scrap—wouldn't she wade right in, trying to help us, and wouldn't you fall over your own feet trying so get her out of it?
    • 2004, Michael Morris, A Place Called Wiregrass, HarperCollins, ISBN 0060727101, page 69,
      "Luther fell over his feet trying to get away from there. He was so eat up with meanness the snakes wouldn't even touch him."

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