foot·​sie | \ ˈfu̇t-sē How to pronounce footsie (audio) \
variants: or footsy

Definition of footsie

1 : a furtive flirtatious caressing with the feet (as under a table)
2 : a usually surreptitious cooperation or negotiation with someone supposed hostile to one's own interests usually used with play

Examples of footsie in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Youngkin firmly rejected the January 6 Capitol riot and didn't pre-judge the integrity of the election, although Trump played footsie with that message in some of his personal statements in the weeks leading up to Election Day. Scott Jennings, CNN, 3 Nov. 2021 Youngkin’s strategy seemed straightforward: Avoid the most bombastic corners of Trump world—particularly the claim that the 2020 election was stolen—while playing footsie with it. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 29 Sep. 2021 The Republicans’ willingness to play footsie with the equity agenda is surprising, if not politically foolish. Dan Lennington, National Review, 5 Aug. 2021 No one inside the Capitol or who deals with lawmakers is talking publicly about the Legislature playing footsie with powerful interests. George Skelton, Los Angeles Times, 21 June 2021 The none-too-subtle message on Russian state television has been that Pashinyan led his nation to catastrophe by playing footsie with the West. Washington Post, 20 Nov. 2020 The party played footsie with Las Vegas, and Nevada Republican Party Chairman Michael McDonald took it upon himself to make a pitch for Sin City. Gilbert Garcia,, 13 June 2020 The third boomer president (Barack Obama) didn’t want to play footsie with Congress to get things done. Dallas News, 29 May 2020 Robert Shireman was exiled from the Obama Administration after getting caught playing footsie with a short-seller betting against for-profit colleges. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 1 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of footsie

1944, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for footsie

diminutive of foot entry 1

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The first known use of footsie was in 1944

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Last Updated

9 Nov 2021

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“Footsie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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