independent footing

independent footing

[‚in·də′pen·dənt ′fu̇d·iŋ]
(civil engineering)
A footing that supports a concentrated load, such as a single column.
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In announcements yesterday, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt revealed that the health regulator is to be placed on an independent footing similar to the Bank of England to take hospital inspections out of the hands of politicians - and help prevent a repeat of the Stafford Hospital scandal.
Catholic Habsburg forces pressed eastward from their Austrian base; the Turks approached from the southeast; and local princes sought to maintain an independent footing between these external powers.

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