An idiom of ancient origin.
Meaning of Idiom ‘To Have Feet of Clay’
To have feet of clay is to have some basic weakness or fault. This idiom is often applied to someone who is admired or is of high repute but who is discovered to be weak of character or flawed in some way.
Examples Of Use
“I thought getting older wouldn’t matter and I could just jump back into the fray, but I’ve discovered I have feet of clay.”
“The media seems to worship celebrities at the same time as looking for their feet of clay.”
The origin of this idiom would be tough figure out without a concrete source, which we find in the Bible. In the book of Daniel, King Nebuchadnezzar dreamed that he saw a great statue made of gold, silver, and brass, but with feet made partly of clay and partly of iron.
Daniel interpreted this vision to mean that the clay feet symbolized the Babylonian Empire’s vulnerability and imminent demise:
Daniel 2:32 – 33 (King James version)
Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible. was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass. This image’s head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay.
25 Body Parts Idioms | Idioms Online Video
Want to see more videos from Idioms.Online? Subscribe to our YouTube channel!
More Idioms Starting with F
More Body Part Idioms
More Bible Idioms
- Leopard Can’t Change Its Spots, a
- Writing On the Wall
- Turn the Other Cheek
- To (until, till) The Bitter End
- Take As Gospel
More Foot/Feet Idioms
- Light On Your Feet
- Two Left Feet
- Put Your (or One’s) Best Foot Forward
- Put Your Foot In Your Mouth
- Let The Grass Grow Under Ones Feet
This page contains one or more affiliate links. See full affiliate disclosure.