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heel         

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      n  
1    the back part of the human foot from the instep to the lower part of the ankle  
   Compare       calcaneus  
2    the corresponding part in other vertebrates  
3    the part of a shoe, stocking, etc., designed to fit the heel  
4    the outer part of a shoe underneath the heel  
5    the part of the palm of a glove nearest the wrist  
6    the lower, end, or back section of something  
the heel of a loaf     
7      (Horticulture)   the small part of the parent plant that remains attached to a young shoot cut for propagation and that ensures more successful rooting  
8      (Nautical)  
a    the bottom of a mast  
b    the after end of a ship's keel  
9    the back part of a golf club head where it bends to join the shaft  
10      (Rugby)   possession of the ball as obtained from a scrum (esp. in the phrase get the heel)  
11    Slang   a contemptible person  
12    at (or on) one's heels   just behind or following closely  
13    dig one's heels in      See       dig in       5  
14    down at heel  
a    shabby or worn  
b    slovenly or careless  
15    kick (or cool) one's heels   to wait or be kept waiting  
16    rock back on one's heels   to astonish or be astonished  
17    show a clean pair of heels   to run off  
18    take to one's heels   to run off  
19    to heel   disciplined or under control, as a dog walking by a person's heel  
      vb  
20    tr   to repair or replace the heel of (shoes, boots, etc.)  
21    to perform (a dance) with the heels  
22    tr     (Golf)   to strike (the ball) with the heel of the club  
23      (Rugby)   to kick (the ball) backwards using the sole and heel of the boot  
24    to follow at the heels of (a person)  
25    tr   to arm (a gamecock) with spurs  
26    tr     (N.Z.)   (of a cattle dog) to drive (cattle) by biting their heels  
     (Old English hela; related to Old Norse hæll, Old Frisian hêl)  
  heelless      adj  
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heel          [2]  
      vb  
1    (of a vessel) to lean over; list  
      n  
2    inclined position from the vertical  
the boat is at ten degrees of heel     
     (Old English hieldan; related to Old Norse hallr inclined, Old High German helden to bow)  

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heel         

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      n  
1    crust, end, remainder, rump, stub, stump  
2      (slang)   blackguard, bounder     (old-fashioned Brit. slang)   cad     (Brit informal)   cocksucker     (taboo slang)   rotter     (slang, chiefly Brit.)   scally     (Northwest English dialect)   scoundrel, scumbag     (slang)   swine  
3    down at heel      dowdy, impoverished, out at elbows, run-down, seedy, shabby, slipshod, slovenly, worn  
4    take to one's heels      escape, flee, hook it     (slang)   run away or off, show a clean pair of heels, skedaddle     (informal)   take flight, turn tail, vamoose     (slang, chiefly U.S.)  
5    well-heeled      affluent, flush     (informal)   moneyed, prosperous, rich, wealthy, well-off, well-to-do  

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heel          [2]  
      vb   cant, careen, incline, keel over, lean over, list, tilt  

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come to heel exp.
quit disobeying; start acting like someone would want to
E.g. Finally, her husband has come to heel and they will buy a new car, as she wants.

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adj.
(about persons) not to be trusted; dangerous
exp.
be kept waiting
n.
a form of workout based on the usage of high heels
also called legwork
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