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Wait upon Hand and Foot

What Does "Wait upon Hand and Foot" Mean?

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"Wait upon hand and foot" is an English idiom. It means "to serve or attend to every need of someone."

Examples in Sentences

Here are three examples of the idiom "wait upon hand and foot" used in a sentence:
  • She feels like she's waited upon hand and foot her entire life.
  • The staff will wait upon you hand and foot during your stay.
  • I don't expect to be waited upon hand and foot, but some assistance would be appreciated.
meaning for wait upon hand and foot

What Is an Idiom?

An idiom is a commonly used expression whose meaning does not relate to the literal meaning of its words. In other words, if you were to translate "Wait upon Hand and Foot" word for word, there is no guarantee the translation would help you to understand the meaning.

An idiom often includes a cultural or historical context that makes it difficult for non-native English speakers to understand. A phrase is classified as an idiom when a direct translation of the words does not reveal the meaning. Most idioms rely on shared knowledge or experiences known only to a specific community.

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