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Heal vs. heel (and bring to heel)

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  • Heal: to restore to health or become healthy. Heel: the lower rear part of the foot, plus many other definitions relating to the bottom and rear portions of things.

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    To bring to heel is to bring under control. The phrase originally comes form dog training, where to bring a dog to heel is to make sure he is in his proper place—i.e., closely following his owner.

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