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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Hennis-Plasschaert painted a picture of a "long and complex" process ahead for the country to move forward and get back on independent footing - one that funding shortages are hindering.
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.
"But I think it's descended into a witch-hunt and I think it's hiding from our constituents the very good work that many of us are actually doing or trying to do." Commons Leader Harriet Harman said the way to address the "genuine public anger" was to show that MPs wanted to put the allowances system on a "wholly independent footing".
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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