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  • adverb With dry feet; without getting the feet wet.
  • adverb obsolete By only the scent of the feet (of hunting, tracking etc.).


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From dry +‎ foot.


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  • IV. ii.39 (193,5) [A hound that runs counter, and yet draws dry-foot well] To _run counter_ is to _run backward_, by mistaking the course of the animal pursued; to _draw dry-foot_ is, I believe, to pursue by the _track_ or _prick of the foot_; to _run counter_ and _draw dry-foot well are_, therefore, inconsistent.

    Notes to Shakespeare — Volume 01: Comedies Samuel Johnson 1746

  • The wet-foot/dry-foot policy of the U.S. had encouraged illegal, and dangerous emigration.

    Sean Penn: Mountain of Snakes (Part II) 2008

  • In response to a question about U.S. policy on Cuban immigration, Davis said the "wet-foot/dry-foot" policy was unjust.

    August 2006 2006

  • A Cuban in a shopping mall in downtown Miami was clearly a dry-foot and by law could remain in the United States and pursue citizenship.

    Commie Ball: A Journey to the End of a Revolution Lewis, Michael 2008

  • Here entered the bizarre legal distinction between a wet-foot Cuban and a dry-foot Cuban.

    Commie Ball: A Journey to the End of a Revolution Lewis, Michael 2008

  • Unlike any other immigrant group, Cubans can stay in the United States if they make it to land under the controversial "wet-foot, dry-foot" policy.

    April 2006 2006

  • And under the government's wet-foot/dry-foot policy, they are likely to be allowed to stay here in the United States after they are processed.

    CNN Transcript May 1, 2007 2007

  • The wet feet, dry feet policy sometimes called the wet-foot, dry-foot policy is the name given to a consequence of the 1995 revision of the Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966 that says, essentially, that anyone who fled Cuba and got into the United States would be allowed to pursue residency a year later.

    Republicans Take Healthcare Away From Newborns 2006

  • That you may dry-foot march through lakes and pools,

    The Second Part of Tamburlaine the Great 2004

  • Where monsoon rainfall is inadequate for rainfed paddy, and other (dry-foot) crops are traditionally grown, there is a possibility that the advent of canal supply may bring about a radical change to monsoon-season paddy, resulting in substantial demand for water.

    Chapter 10 1995


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