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Put you best foot forward

Posted by Gary Martin on August 23, 2010 at 09:15

In Reply to: Put you best foot forward posted by Joshua on August 23, 2010 at 09:11:

: I was once told in a master class discussing medieval dance that the phrase 'put you best foot forward' derived from the starting position of minuets. Also in many pictures from that era men would pose with their best foot forward to accentuate their calf muscles. Has anyone else heard of this possible origin?

Beware anything you are told by anyone with a vested interest. I wonder how the best foot was decided upon? The best thing about this phrase in my view is the implication that we have three or more feet.

Of course, the tradition answer here to 'I was once told' queries is - "...and what evidence did they give?".