from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The scent of the game, as far as it can be traced.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • With dry feet; on dry land.
  • In the manner of a dog which pursues game by the scent of the foot.


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  • With a heartlessness at which I still shudder the creature used me as a bridge, and stepped across, dryfoot, on my back.


  • He pull off he coat, en he 'uz fixin' fer ter shuck he wescut, but de yuther creeturs dey 'low dey wa'n't gwine ter let dryfoot man lak Brer Rabbit go in de water.

    Nights With Uncle Remus Myths and Legends of the Old Plantation

  • Israelites pass dryfoot through the deep, he would see, on the one side, that innumerable multitude of people, full of confidence and joy, lifting up their hands to heaven; and perceive, on the other side, King Pharaoh with the Egyptians frighted and confounded at the sight of the waves that join again to swallow them up.

    The Existence of God

  • A hound that runs counter and yet draws dryfoot well;

    The Comedy of Errors

  • At the mouth of Lake Maeotis the frosts are so very sharp, that in the very same place where Mithridates 'lieutenant had fought the enemy dryfoot and given them a notable defeat, the summer following he obtained over them a naval victory.

    The Essays of Montaigne — Complete

  • However, a Latin American communications professor pointed out this week that the “wetfoot/dryfoot” dichotomy persists that anyone from Cuba is automatically welcome here–and can now travel back to Cuba, indicating it’s not life-threatening for them there–whereas people from Haiti are deported and actively hassled even though they would probably starve at home.

    Bilingual briefing at the White House a historic first « Musings from an overworked translator

  • This night because the people were very neere vnto vs, the Lieutenant caused the Trumpet to sound a call, and euery man in the Island repayring to the Ensigne, he put them in minde of the place so farre from their countrey wherein they liued, and the danger of a great multitude which they were subiect vnto, if good watch and warde were not kept, for at euery low water the enimie might come almost dryfoot from the mayne vnto vs, wherefore he willed euery man to prepare him in good readinesse vpon all sudden occasions, and so giuing the watch their charge, the company departed to rest.

    The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques, and Discoveries of The English Nation, Vol. XII., America, Part I.


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