Definition of instep in English:

instep

Syllabification: in·step
Pronunciation: /ˈinˌstep
 
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noun

  • 1The part of a person’s foot between the ball and the ankle.
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    • Open your stance slightly, play the ball back - opposite the instep of your right foot - and make a steep, aggressive swing.
    • Your stance should be open, and you should play the ball off your left instep.
    • Even the non-gymnasts could see that Miss Korbut wore a bandage of tape on her left ankle and instep for some of the routines, and Miss Tourischeva had an elastic brace on her left knee.
  • 1.1The part of a shoe that fits over or under the instep of a foot.
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    • Always be sure that your pants break over your shoe instep to create the illusion of a longer leg.
    • Iron and stone were used for footwear and some 13th-Century, middle-class citizens wore shoes with insteps inlaid with diamonds and rubies.
    • The most popular ones are those with a single band going across the instep.
  • 1.2A thing shaped like the inner arch of a foot.

Origin

late Middle English: of unknown origin; compare with West Frisian ynstap 'opening in a shoe for insertion of the foot'.

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