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"heel" in British English

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heelnoun [C]

uk   /hiːl/ us   /hiːl/
  • heel noun [C] (BODY PART)

B2 the rounded back part of the foot
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the part of a sock or shoe that covers the heel of the foot
B1 the raised part at the back of a shoe, under your heel

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heelverb [T]

uk   /hiːl/ us   /hiːl/
to repair the heel of a shoe
specialized sports In rugby, to heel the ball is to kick it backwards with the heel.

heelexclamation

uk   /hiːl/ us   /hiːl/
said to a dog to order it to come and stand close to you or to walk close to your side as you walk
(Definition of heel from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"heel" in American English

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heelnoun [C]

us   /hil/
  • heel noun [C] (BODY PART)

the rounded back part of the foot: I’ve got a splinter in my heel.
The heel of your hand is the raised, inside part close to the wrist.
  • heel noun [C] (FOOT COVERING)

the part of a sock or shoe that covers the rounded back part of the foot, or the part of the bottom of a shoe that lifts the back of the foot higher than the front
  • heel noun [C] (PERSON)

infml a person who treats other people badly and unfairly: I felt like a real heel when I saw how upset she was.

heelverb [I]

us   /hil/
  • heel verb [I] (ORDER DOG)

If you say "Heel!" to a dog, you are ordering it to walk close to you.
(Definition of heel from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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