footing (n.)
support, surface, foundation, foothold
1H4 I.iii.191[Worcester to Northumberland and Hotspur] to o'er-walk a current roaring loud / On the unsteadfast footing of a spear
KJ V.i.66[Bastard to King John] Shall we, upon the footing of our land, / Send fair-play orders and make compromise
WT III.iii.107[Clown to Shepherd, of helping the ship] there your charity would have lacked footing
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