footwork

[foo t-wurk]

noun

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
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Related Words for footwork

ramble, perambulation, walk, turn, saunter, stroll, ambulation, airing, legwork

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British Dictionary definitions for footwork

footwork

noun

skilful use of the feet, as in sports, dancing, etc
informal clever manoeuvringdeft political footwork
informal preliminary groundworkmany estate agents now do the footwork – you only need to visit
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