the use of the feet, as in tennis, boxing, or dancing.
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.
the act or process of maneuvering, especially in a skillful manner: It took a bit of fancy footwork to avoid the issue.

1560–70; foot + work Unabridged
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footwork (ˈfʊtˌwɜːk)
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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Example sentences
Newtons try to help you make this transition via some fancy footwork on the
  bottom of the shoe.
One or two players stand on a platform and try to match their footwork to
  lighted arrows.
After the introduction, she rose and began her footwork as if nothing much had
Bighorn sheep are famous for their spiral horns and fine footwork.
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