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Best foot forward

Posted by Henry on March 08, 2004

In Reply to: Chancellor's foot/feet posted by - on March 08, 2004

: What are the origin and meaning of this term, please?

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'Tis all one as if they should make the Standard for the measure we call a Foot, a Chancellor's Foot; what an uncertain Measure would this be! One Chancellor has a long Foot, another a short Foot, a Third an indifferent foot. 'Tis the same thing in the Chancellor's Conscience.
JOHN SELDEN English jurist, antiquary and author
(1584 - 1654) - Table Talk - Equity