Yardflex Word Of The Day: \Furst-Foo T\

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1. Scot. the first person to cross the threshold of a house on New Year's Day.
2. Scot. the first person met after starting out on the day of an important occasion.
Custom held that the most fortunate "firstfoot" on a Hogmanay was a tall and handsome dark-haired man; to welcome one as the first visitor across the threshold after midnight brought good fortune to the house for the coming year.
-- Diana Gabaldon, The Fiery Cross, 2001
First-foot is a compound of the adjective first and the noun foot. It entered English in the late 1700s.
(Source: Dictionary.com)