During my recent research I came across a document containing this line"

Hopefully all of my entries foot to the 4 attachments a lot better than the version I sent you on Friday. (original pdf from the SEC)

I would've said "add to" which seems to be what the author intended the phrase to mean. "Foot" as a verb doesn't seem to have meanings along the lines of "add" "supplement", as per various dictionaries (W-M, Cambridge, to list a few that I have checked). Is it finance jargon?

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    It's established practice to convert a noun into a verb meaning to act as that thing, to equip with that thing, to use that thing, etc, a practice often called "verbing". It's not entirely clear what this example actually means: what the relationship is between the entries and the attachments. I'd guess it's a nonce example of verbing rather than industry-specific jargon (although it might be a term that's gained currency in a specific workplace), but you could research that by looking for other occurrences. OTOH it might be a typo/thinko for "fit".
    – Stuart F
    Aug 4, 2023 at 11:15
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    @user66974: It's on the very first page, in the paragraph numbered '3'.
    – psmears
    Aug 4, 2023 at 11:22
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    The word "foot" certainly does have a meaning in accounting that is total a column of figures. I think that is the usage here - it's saying "I hope my entries (in the report) add up to the expected values (in the attachments)". But you seem to have rejected fev's answer saying basically that?
    – psmears
    Aug 4, 2023 at 11:32
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    Love the question, and foot is not finance talk. The writer could be making mistakes, like a mixed metaphor: "sticking their head up [neck out?] and saying the emperor isn't wearing any clothes but...." Chutzpah: "Very few people in the world have the mathematical background ... but I am one of them." Aug 4, 2023 at 12:32
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    Perhaps this is intended to mean 'amount to' or 'equate to', but I feel 'correspond to the content of' is far better, and AHD's << foot [verb] ... [3]. To add up (a column of numbers) and write the sum at the bottom; total: footed up the bill. >> uses 'foot up to' rather than 'foot to', and stipulates the arithmetic domain. Aug 4, 2023 at 14:42

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I suspect that this is a typo for fit:

Hopefully all of my entries fit to the 4 attachments a lot better than the version I sent you on Friday.

The message seems to be that the entries are more consistent or concordant with the attachments in this version than they were in the previous version. This use of "fit" as a verb is rather awkward and perhaps nonstandard but seems sensible to me.

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    Not buying that. Aug 5, 2023 at 2:55
  • I don't think it would be "fit to" but simply "fit", judging from the author's style and register. I don't think it is a typo either. "fit the attachments a lot better" is what she would have written if fit had been the verb she had in mind.
    – TimR
    Aug 5, 2023 at 11:24

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