To cool the heels
Heel Heel, n. [OE. hele, heele, AS. h[=e]la, perh. for h[=o]hila, fr. AS. h[=o]h heel (cf. {Hough}); but cf. D. hiel, OFries. heila, h[=e]la, Icel. h[ae]ll, Dan. h[ae]l, Sw. h["a]l, and L. calx. [root]12. Cf. {Inculcate}.] 1. The hinder part of the foot; sometimes, the whole foot; -- in man or quadrupeds. [1913 Webster]

He [the stag] calls to mind his strength and then his speed, His winged heels and then his armed head. --Denham. [1913 Webster]

2. The hinder part of any covering for the foot, as of a shoe, sock, etc.; specif., a solid part projecting downward from the hinder part of the sole of a boot or shoe. [1913 Webster]

3. The latter or remaining part of anything; the closing or concluding part. ``The heel of a hunt.'' --A. Trollope. ``The heel of the white loaf.'' --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

4. Anything regarded as like a human heel in shape; a protuberance; a knob. [1913 Webster]

5. The part of a thing corresponding in position to the human heel; the lower part, or part on which a thing rests; especially: (a) (Naut.) The after end of a ship's keel. (b) (Naut.) The lower end of a mast, a boom, the bowsprit, the sternpost, etc. (c) (Mil.) In a small arm, the corner of the but which is upwards in the firing position. (d) (Mil.) The uppermost part of the blade of a sword, next to the hilt. (e) The part of any tool next the tang or handle; as, the heel of a scythe. [1913 Webster]

6. (Man.) Management by the heel, especially the spurred heel; as, the horse understands the heel well. [1913 Webster]

7. (Arch.) (a) The lower end of a timber in a frame, as a post or rafter. In the United States, specif., the obtuse angle of the lower end of a rafter set sloping. (b) A cyma reversa; -- so called by workmen. --Gwilt. [1913 Webster]

8. (Golf) The part of the face of the club head nearest the shaft. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

9. In a carding machine, the part of a flat nearest the cylinder. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{Heel chain} (Naut.), a chain passing from the bowsprit cap around the heel of the jib boom.

{Heel plate}, the butt plate of a gun.

{Heel of a rafter}. (Arch.) See {Heel}, n., 7.

{Heel ring}, a ring for fastening a scythe blade to the snath.

{Neck and heels}, the whole body. (Colloq.)

{To be at the heels of}, to pursue closely; to follow hard; as, hungry want is at my heels. --Otway.

{To be down at the heel}, to be slovenly or in a poor plight.

{To be out at the heels}, to have on stockings that are worn out; hence, to be shabby, or in a poor plight. --Shak.

{To cool the heels}. See under {Cool}.

{To go heels over head}, to turn over so as to bring the heels uppermost; hence, to move in a inconsiderate, or rash, manner.

{To have the heels of}, to outrun.

{To lay by the heels}, to fetter; to shackle; to imprison. --Shak. --Addison.

{To show the heels}, to flee; to run from.

{To take to the heels}, to flee; to betake to flight.

{To throw up another's heels}, to trip him. --Bunyan.

{To tread upon one's heels}, to follow closely. --Shak. [1913 Webster]


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  • To cool the heels — Cool Cool, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cooled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Cooling}.] 1. To make cool or cold; to reduce the temperature of; as, ice cools water. [1913 Webster] Send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue. Luke …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To show the heels — Heel Heel, n. [OE. hele, heele, AS. h[=e]la, perh. for h[=o]hila, fr. AS. h[=o]h heel (cf. {Hough}); but cf. D. hiel, OFries. heila, h[=e]la, Icel. h[ae]ll, Dan. h[ae]l, Sw. h[ a]l, and L. calx. [root]12. Cf. {Inculcate}.] 1. The hinder part of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To have the heels of — Heel Heel, n. [OE. hele, heele, AS. h[=e]la, perh. for h[=o]hila, fr. AS. h[=o]h heel (cf. {Hough}); but cf. D. hiel, OFries. heila, h[=e]la, Icel. h[ae]ll, Dan. h[ae]l, Sw. h[ a]l, and L. calx. [root]12. Cf. {Inculcate}.] 1. The hinder part of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To be at the heels of — Heel Heel, n. [OE. hele, heele, AS. h[=e]la, perh. for h[=o]hila, fr. AS. h[=o]h heel (cf. {Hough}); but cf. D. hiel, OFries. heila, h[=e]la, Icel. h[ae]ll, Dan. h[ae]l, Sw. h[ a]l, and L. calx. [root]12. Cf. {Inculcate}.] 1. The hinder part of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To be out at the heels — Heel Heel, n. [OE. hele, heele, AS. h[=e]la, perh. for h[=o]hila, fr. AS. h[=o]h heel (cf. {Hough}); but cf. D. hiel, OFries. heila, h[=e]la, Icel. h[ae]ll, Dan. h[ae]l, Sw. h[ a]l, and L. calx. [root]12. Cf. {Inculcate}.] 1. The hinder part of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To lay by the heels — Heel Heel, n. [OE. hele, heele, AS. h[=e]la, perh. for h[=o]hila, fr. AS. h[=o]h heel (cf. {Hough}); but cf. D. hiel, OFries. heila, h[=e]la, Icel. h[ae]ll, Dan. h[ae]l, Sw. h[ a]l, and L. calx. [root]12. Cf. {Inculcate}.] 1. The hinder part of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To take to the heels — Heel Heel, n. [OE. hele, heele, AS. h[=e]la, perh. for h[=o]hila, fr. AS. h[=o]h heel (cf. {Hough}); but cf. D. hiel, OFries. heila, h[=e]la, Icel. h[ae]ll, Dan. h[ae]l, Sw. h[ a]l, and L. calx. [root]12. Cf. {Inculcate}.] 1. The hinder part of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cool your heels — cool (your) heels if someone leaves you to cool your heels, they force you to wait, often until you become calmer. The youths were left to cool their heels overnight in a police cell …   New idioms dictionary

  • Cool — Cool, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cooled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Cooling}.] 1. To make cool or cold; to reduce the temperature of; as, ice cools water. [1913 Webster] Send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue. Luke xvi …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To be down at the heel — Heel Heel, n. [OE. hele, heele, AS. h[=e]la, perh. for h[=o]hila, fr. AS. h[=o]h heel (cf. {Hough}); but cf. D. hiel, OFries. heila, h[=e]la, Icel. h[ae]ll, Dan. h[ae]l, Sw. h[ a]l, and L. calx. [root]12. Cf. {Inculcate}.] 1. The hinder part of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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