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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Sports leagues are playing footsie with gambling more and more.
Even after playing footsie with him in various ways, cutting deal to exploit his global reach?
David Friesen was done playing footsie with s’mores-flavored ice cream.
The Arab states are willing to play footsie with Israel under the table, thereby reducing what little leverage the Palestinians have.
As these two financial giants play overseas footsie, Chan acts as a facilitator.
Why should their residents continue to pay federal taxes that will go to reward states that played footsie with Obama, some of their representatives are asking.
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Origin and Etymology of footsie
diminutive of 1foot
First Known Use: 1944See Words from the same year
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