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  • As for having your feet washed in honey -- it's nothing like you could ever imagine -- I tried it firstfoot.

    Misha Lyuve: Art, Honey and Explorations Misha Lyuve 2012

  • Thus arranged they walked eastward along the highroad, to meet the bride's firstfoot.

    Malcolm George MacDonald 1864


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    1. Scot. the first person to cross the threshold of a house on New Year's Day.

    2. Scot. the first person met after starting out on the day of an important occasion.


    Custom held that the most fortunate “firstfoot” on a Hogmanay was a tall and handsome dark-haired man; to welcome one as the first visitor across the threshold after midnight brought good fortune to the house for the coming year.

    -- Diana Gabaldon, The Fiery Cross, 2001


    First-foot is a compound of the adjective first and the noun foot. It entered English in the late 1700s.

    January 3, 2016