footwork

[ foo t-wurk ]
/ ˈfʊtˌwɜrk /

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.

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Origin of footwork

First recorded in 1560–70; foot + work

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British Dictionary definitions for footwork

footwork
/ (ˈfʊtˌwɜːk) /

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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