I was wondering if the above is some kind of expression or set phrase? I saw this in in a novel actually where the speaker was remarking about his opponent in battle who was summoning hundreds of soldiers loyal to him.

Edit: The line where the phrase in question is present goes like this


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    I don't get it very much either. Do you have the exact context? Jun 19, 2019 at 2:22
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    Huh, that's a creative depiction for a large mass (I'm praising). Can you add the information to your question? Jun 19, 2019 at 16:49
  • Added. So you have a good idea what this means?
    – Elmasaito
    Jun 19, 2019 at 17:32

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This 足生やした not an idiomatic expression, but simply "(which) has grown legs" or "(which) has legs". 足 is "foot" or "leg", and 生やす is "to grow" or "to wear (a beard, etc)". He said the crowd of soldiers is almost like a walking country. This is a rather unique metaphor.

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