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1‘shoes with low heels’
wedge, wedge heel, stiletto, stiletto heel, platform heel, spike heel, Cuban heel, kitten heel, Louis heel, stacked heel
2‘there was the heel of a loaf in the cupboard’
tail end, crust, end, remnant, remainder, remains, stump, butt, vestige
1‘the ship was beginning to heel to starboard’
lean over, list, cant, careen, tilt, tip, incline, slant, slope, keel over, be at an angle
‘organized crime and corruption have not yet been brought to heel’
subjugate, conquer, vanquish, defeat, crush, quell, quash, gain mastery over, gain ascendancy over, gain control of, bring under the yoke, bring someone to their knees, overcome, overpower
lick, clobber, hammer, wipe the floor with, walk all over
‘he shouted a warning and took to his heels’
run away, run off, make a run for it, run for it, take flight, make off, take off, make a break for it, bolt, flee, beat a retreat, beat a hasty retreat, make a quick exit, make one's getaway, escape, head for the hills
beat it, clear off, clear out, vamoose, skedaddle, split, cut and run, leg it, hightail it, hotfoot it, show a clean pair of heels, turn tail, scram, hook it, fly the coop, skip off, do a fade
do a runner, scarper, do a bunk
light out, bug out, cut out, peel out, take a powder, skidoo
go through, shoot through
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