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 for To pay one''s footing
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Footing \Foot"ing\, n.
     1. Ground for the foot; place for the foot to rest on; firm
        foundation to stand on.
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              In ascent, every step gained is a footing and help
              to the next.                          --Holder.
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     2. Standing; position; established place; basis for
        operation; permanent settlement; foothold.
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              As soon as he had obtained a footing at court, the
              charms of his manner . . . made him a favorite.
                                                    --Macaulay.
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     3. Relative condition; state.
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              Lived on a footing of equality with nobles.
                                                    --Macaulay.
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     4. Tread; step; especially, measured tread.
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              Hark, I hear the footing of a man.    --Shak.
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     5. The act of adding up a column of figures; the amount or
        sum total of such a column.
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     6. The act of putting a foot to anything; also, that which is
        added as a foot; as, the footing of a stocking.
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     7. A narrow cotton lace, without figures.
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     8. The finer refuse part of whale blubber, not wholly
        deprived of oil. --Simmonds.
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     9. (Arch. & Enging.) The thickened or sloping portion of a
        wall, or of an embankment at its foot.
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     Footing course (Arch.), one of the courses of masonry at
        the foot of a wall, broader than the courses above.
  
     To pay one's footing, to pay a fee on first doing anything,
        as working at a trade or in a shop. --Wright.
  
     Footing beam, the tie beam of a roof.
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