foot·​work ˈfu̇t-ˌwərk How to pronounce footwork (audio)
: the activity of moving from place to place
the investigation entailed a lot of footwork
: the management of the feet (as in boxing)
also : the work done with them
: 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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Word History

First Known Use

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of footwork was in 1859

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“Footwork.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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foot·​work -ˌwərk How to pronounce footwork (audio)
: the movement of the feet (as in boxing)

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