on one's feet

on one's feet  {adv. phr.}
1. Standing or walking; not sitting or lying down; up.
Before the teacher finished asking the question, George was on his feet ready to answer it.
In a busy gasoline station, the attendant is on his feet all day.
Compare: TO ONE'S FEET.
Contrast: OFF ONE'S FEET.
2. Recovering; getting better from sickness or trouble.
Jack is back on his feet after a long illness.
Susan was on her feet soon after the operation.
The bank loaned the store money to get it back on its feet after the fire.
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