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footsie

[foo t-see] /ˈfʊt si/
noun, Informal.
1.
Sometimes, footsies. the act of flirting or sharing a surreptitious intimacy.
Idioms
2.
play footsie / footsies with,
  1. to flirt with, especially by clandestinely touching someone's foot or leg; be slyly or furtively intimate with.
  2. to seek advantage from, especially by discreet or stealthy means; curry favor with.
Also, footsy, footie.
Origin
1930-1935
1930-35; foot + -sie, spelling variant of -sy
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Examples for footsie
  • He has even had her reveal jealousy when she finds that the fellow is playing a bit of footsie with his lusty blond nurse.
  • Then he has another year to play footsie and get his hands on the key materials for nuclear invulnerability.
  • As a leader, you are responsible to not play loose and footsie with the truth.
British Dictionary definitions for footsie

footsie

/ˈfʊtsɪ/
noun
1.
(informal) flirtation involving the touching together of feet, knees, etc (esp in the phrase play footsie)

Footsie

/ˈfʊtsɪ/
noun
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Word Origin and History for footsie
n.

"amorous play with the feet" [OED], 1944, from foot (n.).

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