heel1 [hi:l] n
↑heel, ↑upper, ↑toe, ↑lace, ↑lining, ↑sole
1¦(of your foot)¦
2¦(of a shoe)¦
3¦(of a sock)¦
4¦(of your hand)¦
5 heels
6 at somebody's heels
8 bring somebody to heel
9 come to heel
10 take to your heels
11 turn/spin on your heel
12 under the heel of somebody/something
13¦(bad man)¦
[: Old English; Origin: hAla]
1.) ¦(OF YOUR FOOT)¦
the curved back part of your foot
2.) ¦(OF A SHOE)¦
the raised part on the bottom of a shoe that makes the shoe higher at the back
black boots with high heels
high-heeled/low-heeled/flat-heeled etc
her low-heeled blue shoes
3.) ¦(OF A SOCK)¦
the part of a sock that covers your heel
4.) ¦(OF YOUR HAND)¦
the part of your hand between the bottom of your thumb and your wrist
Using the heel of your hand, press the dough firmly into shape.
5.) heels [plural]
a pair of women's shoes with high heels
Whenever she wore heels she was taller than the men she worked with.
6.) at sb's heels
if a person or animal is at your heels, they are following closely behind you
He could hear the dog trotting at his heels.
Omar hurried inside with the boy at his heels.
7.) a) (hard/hot/close) on the heels of sth
very soon after something
The decision to buy Peters came hard on the heels of the club's promotion to Division One.
b) (hard/hot/close) on sb's heels
following closely behind someone, especially in order to catch or attack them
With the enemy army hard on his heels, he crossed the Somme at Blanche-Taque.
8.) bring sb to heel
to force someone to behave in the way that you want them to
9.) come to heelBrE
a) if a dog comes to heel, it comes back to its owner when the owner calls it
b) if someone comes to heel, they start to behave in the way that you want them to
10.) take to your heels
written to start running away
As soon as he saw me he took to his heels.
11.) turn/spin on your heel
written to suddenly turn away from someone, especially in an angry or rude way
Before anyone could say a word, he turned on his heel and walked out of the room.
12.) under the heel of sb/sth
completely controlled by a government or group
a people under the heel of an increasingly dictatorial regime
13.) ¦(BAD MAN)¦
old-fashioned a man who behaves badly towards other people
→↑Achilles' heel, down-at-heel, well-heeled,click your heels atclick1 (1), cool your heels atcool2 (4), dig your heels in atdig1 (4), drag your heels atdrag1 (8), be/fall head over heels in love athead1 (36), kick your heels atkick1 (9)
heel 2
heel2 v
1.) heel!
spoken used to tell your dog to walk next to you
2.) [T]
to put a heel on a shoe
heel over phr v
if something heels over, it leans to one side as if it is going to fall
The ship was heeling over in the wind.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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