Meaning of think on one's feet in English:

think on one's feet


  • React to events decisively, effectively, and without prior thought.

    ‘I am sort of thinking on my feet here as I react to the information from my two correspondents and from other sources.’
    • ‘How the candidates think on their feet and react to the audience can be a telling sign as to how they will act once they are in office.’
    • ‘I can see Dallas not knowing what to do, but the other three are veterans and talk about not thinking on your feet or reacting to circumstances.’
    • ‘She was improvising and having to think on her feet.’
    • ‘He thought on his feet, a very bright individual as far as prisoners go.’
    • ‘He is insightful, he has his act together, he understands what makes national security tick - and he thinks on his feet somewhere around Mach 3.’
    • ‘He has all the physical gifts, but he also thinks on his feet.’
    • ‘What marks Aparna's game is that she has a variety of strokes and she thinks on her feet.’
    • ‘It's going to be a case of common sense and thinking on your feet.’
    • ‘No matter what the TV says, taking an umbrella to work is thinking on your feet.’