foot work

footwork

[foot-wurk]
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:
1560–70; foot + work

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footwork (ˈfʊtˌwɜːk)
 
n
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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