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footwork

[foo t-wurk] /ˈfʊtˌwɜrk/
noun
1.
the use of the feet, as in tennis, boxing, or dancing.
2.
travel by foot from one place to another, as in gathering facts or fulfilling an assignment; legwork:
The project entailed a great deal of footwork.
3.
the act or process of maneuvering, especially in a skillful manner:
It took a bit of fancy footwork to avoid the issue.
Origin of footwork
1560-1570
First recorded in 1560-70; foot + work
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  • If there was one thing on which Bugs Butler prided himself, it was footwork.

    The Adventures of Sally P. G. Wodehouse
  • And now, at the end of a week's somewhat cowardly—footwork, shall we call it?

  • Your footwork is the worst I ever saw, Madigan—but—well, I'd like to talk to you.

    Rolling Stones

    O. Henry
  • Now footwork was one of the fighting tricks for which Darry was famous.

  • It was all footwork and their progress was very slow, but eventually they won through.

    Kindred of the Dust

    Peter B. Kyne
  • When the girls lifted their skirts and asked her to correct their footwork she referred them to the articles in the magazines.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
British Dictionary definitions for footwork

footwork

/ˈfʊtˌwɜːk/
noun
1.
skilful use of the feet, as in sports, dancing, etc
2.
(informal) clever manoeuvring: deft political footwork
3.
(informal) preliminary groundwork: many estate agents now do the footwork – you only need to visit
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for footwork

footwork

Related Terms

fancy footwork

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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