- Sometimes footsies. the act of flirting or sharing a surreptitious intimacy.
- play footsie/footsies with,
- to flirt with, especially by clandestinely touching someone's foot or leg; be slyly or furtively intimate with.
- to seek advantage from, especially by discreet or stealthy means; curry favor with.
Also foot·sy, footie.
Origin of footsie
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Examples from the Web for footsie
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November 17, 2014
- informal flirtation involving the touching together of feet, knees, etc (esp in the phrase play footsie)
- an informal name for Financial Times Stock Exchange 100 Index
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Word Origin and History for footsie
"amorous play with the feet" [OED], 1944, from foot (n.).
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