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footwork

[foo t-wurk] /ˈfʊtˌwɜrk/
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
1560-1570
1560-70; foot + work
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Examples for footwork
  • 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 happened.
  • Bighorn sheep are famous for their spiral horns and fine footwork.
  • The past two weeks have provided a perfect illustration of the markets' frantic footwork.
  • Some fast footwork followed in a bid to defuse the outrage.
  • It sounds as if he's lashing out, doing what he laments others doing, only with fancier language and rhetorical footwork.
  • The kids presenting this program will jump while performing tricks involving fancy footwork and gymnastics at break-neck speeds.
  • Dance technique, therefore, focused on footwork and was characterized by an emphatic energy.
  • Both dances have fast footwork and kicks, all done while the upper body is kept rigidly straight.
British Dictionary definitions for footwork

footwork

/ˈfʊtˌwɜːk/
noun
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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Related Terms

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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