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footsie

[foo t-see]
noun Informal.
  1. Sometimes footsies. the act of flirting or sharing a surreptitious intimacy.
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Idioms
  1. play footsie/footsies with,
    1. to flirt with, especially by clandestinely touching someone's foot or leg; be slyly or furtively intimate with.
    2. to seek advantage from, especially by discreet or stealthy means; curry favor with.
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Also foot·sy, footie.

Origin of footsie

1930–35; foot + -sie, spelling variant of -sy
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footsie

noun
  1. informal flirtation involving the touching together of feet, knees, etc (esp in the phrase play footsie)
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Footsie

noun
  1. an informal name for Financial Times Stock Exchange 100 Index
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Word Origin and History for footsie

n.

"amorous play with the feet" [OED], 1944, from foot (n.).

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