idiom: to get back on one’s feet

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Hello again everyone. I hope you are all doing well during this difficult time of the coronavirus pandemic. I hope that we can all get through this stronger and more united than before.

Anyway, for today’s blog entry, I want to teach you an idiom I was recently explaining to some of my students: to get back on one’s feet. We use this expression when we want to talk about a person, or possibly a company, which has experienced a difficult situation financially: “to get back on one’s feet” is used to indicate the recovery from that bad situation. Let me give you some examples.

My friend just went bankrupt. I hope he gets back on his feet soon.

My sister helped me get back on my feet after I lost my job.

My company is losing a lot of money now. I don’t know if we’ll be able to get back on our feet or not.

In order to understand this expression, you can imagine a person who has fallen down. When they have gotten up and are standing on their feet again, we feel they have recovered.

As I mentioned before, we usually use this to talk about money or financial problems, but it’s possible to use it to talk about other problems, if they are serious ones. For example, you might use it to talk about a person who has been emotionally devastated by a divorce, or something like that.

During this difficult time, many people are being affected financially, so it is my hope that all those people are able to get back on their feet very soon!

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