– Prepositional Phrasal-Adverbs – Letter U –
- (to be) Under (One’s) Feet – This is (usually) an Idiomatic Prepositional Adverbial Phrase which is used to describe a situation where-in someone or something (typically a child or a pet) is being very bothersome and interrupting one’s activities. This can be because they are literally (in the case of my cats) getting “under my feet”, and causing me to almost fall on my ass, just so that I don’t step on them – or, idiomatically… to use an example: like when a child is bothering his / her grandmother in the kitchen, while she is dealing with sharp knives, hot water, and dangerous cleaning chemicals – and thus causing problems.
“You kids, stop getting under my feet! Go outside and play before you trip me, and I end-up spilling boiling water all over you!” – (that, of course, would not be a threat but a warning, showing WHY she is upset with them bothering her.)