footwork

[foo t-wurk]
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noun
  1. the use of the feet, 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.

Origin of footwork

First recorded in 1560–70; foot + work
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footwork

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