foot·​work | \ ˈfu̇t-ˌwərk How to pronounce footwork (audio) \

Definition of footwork

1 : the activity of moving from place to place the investigation entailed a lot of footwork
2 : the management of the feet (as in boxing) also : the work done with them
3 : active and adroit maneuvering to achieve an end fancy political footwork

Examples of footwork in a Sentence

The investigation required a lot of footwork. He used quick footwork to dodge his opponent. The tango involves some fancy footwork. He knows that getting enough votes for the proposal is going to require some fancy political footwork.
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Recent Examples on the Web But clay, which requires specific footwork and frequent sliding, can blunt some players’ speed. New York Times, 5 June 2021 During those workouts, Parker has noticed an improvement in Tagovailoa’s footwork and mechanics, which have allowed Tagovailoa to throw the ball quicker after the snap. Safid Deen,, 2 June 2021 Stephenson worked with Joey Votto on some of the footwork and positioning during the Reds' last homestand. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, 27 May 2021 But the Mavericks have highlighted Kleber’s 6-10, 240-pound stature, quick footwork and ability to guard multiple positions on the perimeter and at the rim as reasons why Kleber has been an effective match against Leonard. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, 27 May 2021 Darrisaw looks the part of a left tackle and has the footwork necessary to play the position. Tim Bielik, cleveland, 29 Apr. 2021 Due largely to the fact that the ballet featured children—too young for pointe slippers and not yet able to match the fancy footwork of a prima ballerina—The Nutcracker was, initially, not considered a success. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 14 Dec. 2020 Former coaches love watching him and analyzing the crafty footwork that made the midfielder a major contributor for Chelsea this season. Mia Berry, Detroit Free Press, 29 May 2021 Payne told USA TODAY Sports those sessions included working on his footwork around the rim, completing contact-heavy ball-handling drills and working on his balance during shooting drills. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, 19 May 2021

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First Known Use of footwork

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Footwork.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of footwork

: the activity of moving or walking from place to place
: movement of the feet in a sport, dance, etc.
: active and skillful movement or activity to achieve a goal


foot·​work | \ ˈfu̇t-ˌwərk How to pronounce footwork (audio) \

Kids Definition of footwork

: the skill with which the feet are moved a dancer's fancy footwork

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