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 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,, "Garcia: Republican convention wasn’t going to fly in San Antonio," 13 June 2020 The third boomer president (Barack Obama) didn’t want to play footsie with Congress to get things done. Dallas News, "In my commencement speech, I wish for strong leadership from you – to make up for our failings," 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, "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

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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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“Footsie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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