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

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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, "The Plot Against Low-Income Students," 1 Mar. 2019 He's played the politics of the Trump era well, playing footsie with the administration over a Cabinet post and sounding open to compromise on issues like taxes. Eric Bradner, CNN, "The 10 Senate seats most likely to switch parties in 2018: October edition," 17 Oct. 2017 The election of a David Duke as president would necessitate a different kind of response than the election of a person who plays footsie with David Duke. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Donald Trump, White Supremacy, and the Discourse of Panic," 24 Sep. 2017 Trump also plays footsie with some of the most abusive leaders in the world. Terrell Jermaine Starr, The Root, "5 Ways Trump’s UN Speech Proves He’s the World’s White-Supremacist-in-Chief," 19 Sep. 2017 The right's game of footsie with the alt-right ostensibly ended when Trump won. Jonah Goldberg, Alaska Dispatch News, "Real conservatives reject alt-right madness," 16 Aug. 2017 The Right’s game of footsie with the alt-right ostensibly ended when Trump won. Jonah Goldberg, National Review, "Conservatism’s Damaging Game of Footsie with the Alt-Right," 16 Aug. 2017 Every Republican who ever played footsie with the militias out west owns this bloodshed. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "This Is the Bleakest Moment for America in My Lifetime," 13 Aug. 2017 This wasn't the first time the Times has played footsie with Rahm. Ben Joravsky, Chicago Reader, "Mayor Rahm will gladly take all the credit even if someone else does the work," 19 July 2017

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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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Financial Definition of footsie

What It Is

Footise is slang for the Financial Times 100 Index, or FTSE, which is the most widely used benchmark for the performance of equities traded on the London Stock Exchange.

Started in January 1984 with an initial value of 1,000, the index contains the 100 largest U.K.-domiciled companies traded on the London Stock Exchange (based on market capitalization).

How It Works

The stocks in this index represent more than 80% of the value of all issues traded on the London Stock Exchange. Because the index is weighted by market cap, its largest component stocks have the greatest influence on the index's value. The index is quite unusual in that it reweights its component stocks daily to represent the actual state of the market. Meanwhile, the index is fully rebalanced (that is, the FTSE adds or subtracts stocks from the index) on a quarterly basis.

Why It Matters

Because it covers several industries and the market caps of its constituents compose the vast majority of the UK market, the FTSE 100 is one of the most widely followed European indexes. As such, it is the basis for a variety of funds, derivatives, and exchange-traded funds.

The top 10 holdings constitute 44.27% of the index's market cap. The industries may be diverse, but recent additions make it an index that is increasingly regarding as detached from the UK economy. The market-cap weighting creates a disproportionately high influence for large companies and the sectors in which they reside.

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