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Re: Hand and foot

Posted by Masakim on October 09, 2001

In Reply to: Hand and foot posted by Lazee Cow on October 09, 2001

: does anyone know the meaning of:

: to wait on you - hand and foot?

: thanks

wait on hand and foot
Do everything for someone, serve someone's every need, as in Her mother has always waited on her hand and foot. [First half of 1300s]
From _The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms_ by Christine Ammer
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She spoils her children by waiting on them hand and foot. (_Handbook of American Idioms and Idiomatic Usage_, Regents, 1973)
He lived in great style -- waited on hand and foot. (=Oxford Dictionary of Current Idiomatic English, Vol 1_, 1975)
At home the boys never lifted a finger. We girls had to wait on them hand and foot. (ibid)
Make your own tea. I don't see why I shoud wait on you hand and foot. (_Longman Dictionary of English Idioms_, 1979)