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footing

noun [S] uk   /ˈfʊt.ɪŋ/ us    /ˈfʊt̬-/

footing noun [S] (FEET)

the fact of standing firmly on a slope or other dangerous surface: I lost/missed my footing and fell. It was a struggle just to keep my footing.

footing noun [S] (SITUATION)

the way in which something operates and the set of conditions that influences it: The council wants to put the bus service on a commercial footing. be on an equal, firm, etc. footing to be in an equal, safe, etc. situation: Men and women ought to be able to compete for jobs on an equal footing.
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