first footing


first footing
   see *New Year.

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  • first footing — noun uncount SCOTTISH the tradition in Scotland of visiting people as soon as the New Year starts …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • first footing — UK US noun [uncountable] scottish the tradition in Scotland of visiting people as soon as the New Year starts Thesaurus: customs and traditionssynonym people who live in a particular wayhyponym …   Useful english dictionary

  • first-footing — n [U] the Scottish tradition of waiting for a new person to enter a house at New Year before the celebrations can begin. Many people enjoy first footing in Scotland by going to other people’s houses. Traditionally, they take a piece of coal for… …   Universalium

  • first-footing — firstˈ footˈing noun • • • Main Entry: ↑first …   Useful english dictionary

  • first-footing — noun be the first person to cross someone s threshold in the New Year. → first foot …   English new terms dictionary

  • first footing — noun The practice, during Hogmanay, of visiting friends and family, especially to be the first person to cross a homes threshold after midnight on New Years Eve bearing a small gift …   Wiktionary

  • First footing — visiting friends and relatives immediately after New Year s Eve. Traditionally, visitors brought a lump of coal for the fire, oatcakes and a quantity of whisky. The “first foot” in a house was always preferred to be tall, dark and handsome …   Scottish slang

  • first-footing — noun (U) ScotE the custom in Scotland of visiting people as soon as the New Year has begun first footer noun (C) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • first footing — UK / US noun [uncountable] Scottish the tradition in Scotland of visiting people as soon as the New Year starts …   English dictionary

  • First-Foot — First Footing, in British folklore, especially that of the north and Scotland, is the first person who crosses the threshold after midnight at the end of New Year s Eve (in other words, the first person to enter the house on New Year s Day).… …   Wikipedia