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[foo t-wurk] /ˈfʊtˌwɜrk/
the use of the feet, as in tennis, boxing, or dancing.
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.
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
First recorded in 1560-70; foot + work Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The latter gave a clever exhibition of footwork, and not a single blow landed.

  • And now, at the end of a week's somewhat cowardly—footwork, shall we call it?

  • If there was one thing on which Bugs Butler prided himself, it was footwork.

    The Adventures of Sally P. G. Wodehouse
  • It was all footwork and their progress was very slow, but eventually they won through.

    Kindred of the Dust Peter B. Kyne
  • This last escaped Reade as he blocked the blow, and again displayed a neat little bit of footwork.

    The Young Engineers in Arizona H. Irving Hancock
  • 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


skilful use of the feet, as in sports, dancing, etc
(informal) clever manoeuvring: deft political footwork
(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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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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