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footloose

[foo t-loos] /ˈfʊtˌlus/
adjective
1.
free to go or travel about; not confined by responsibilities.
Origin
1690-1700
1690-1700; foot + loose
Synonyms
unencumbered, carefree, fancy-free, unattached.
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British Dictionary definitions for footloose

footloose

/ˈfʊtˌluːs/
adjective
1.
free to go or do as one wishes
2.
eager to travel; restless: to feel footloose
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Word Origin and History for footloose
adj.

1690s, in literal sense of "free to move the feet, unshackled," from foot (n.) + loose. Figurative sense of "free to act as one pleases" is from 1873.

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