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[ foot-wurk ]


  1. the use of the feet, foot, 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.


/ ˈfʊtˌwɜːk /


  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

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Word History and Origins

Origin of footwork1

First recorded in 1560–70; foot + work

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Example Sentences

Whether you’re a swimmer working on your stroke count or soccer player perfecting your footwork, getting out of the pool and off the field is a good way to both exercises and strengthen your mental health.

After Irving left Game 4 midway through the second quarter, Griffin seemed to give the Nets a punch with a few buckets that showed nifty footwork and his incredible athleticism.

There are skills that are foundational to great tennis — outstanding hand-eye coordination, crisp footwork and peak physical conditioning among them.

Forward Adrién Pérez, a winter signing making his second start, assisted on Flores’s goal in the seventh minute and created several opportunities with unpredictable runs and clever footwork.

He has the footwork and balance to maneuver in tight spaces, with crafty fakes to shift his balance and defenders at the same time.

He used his strength to overwhelm defenders but he also had nifty footwork, soft hands, and was a beautiful passer.

Smedinghoff sought to make herself more credible by brushing up on her own footwork after-hours.

Shuffling around the ring he has the footwork of a tyrannosaurus.

Tragic footwork by the likes of George W. Bush, Dmitry Medvedev, and Boris Yeltsin turned the politicians into laughing stocks.

The ex-senator survived the CNN debate with some fancy footwork on contraception.

What with the burro's galloping and the man's rapid footwork, they raised quite a cloud of dust.

A net was put up on the field, and for an hour or so they beat about, regardless of science and footwork.

The referee twice cautioned Pucking Percy for holding but the pet was tricky and his footwork a treat to watch.

Tom's agile footwork kept him out of reach of the hard, hammer-like fists of the stranger.

This last escaped Reade as he blocked the blow, and again displayed a neat little bit of footwork.


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