Heal vs. heel (and bring to heel)

  • 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.



    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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