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[foo t-wurk] /ˈfʊtˌwɜrk/
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.
Origin of footwork
1560-70; foot + work Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • 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


skilful use of the feet, as in sports, dancing, etc
(informal) clever manoeuvring: deft political footwork
(informal) preliminary groundwork: many estate agents now do the footwork – you only need to visit
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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