Footmeal meaning

One foot at a time; foot by foot or step by step; by degrees; one foot (measurement) at a time.
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Origin of footmeal

  • From Middle English footmele, fotmelen, from Old English fōtmǣlum (“step by step, by degrees”), dative plural of fōtmǣl (“a foot-measure, one foot”), equivalent to foot +‎ -meal.

    From Wiktionary