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


free to go or do as one wishes
eager to travel; restless: to feel footloose
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Word Origin and History for footloose

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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