footwork

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noun foot·work \ ˈfu̇t-ˌwərk \

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

  1. The investigation required a lot of footwork.

  2. He used quick footwork to dodge his opponent.

  3. The tango involves some fancy footwork.

  4. He knows that getting enough votes for the proposal is going to require some fancy political footwork.

Recent Examples of footwork from the Web

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First Known Use of footwork

1859


FOOTWORK Defined for English Language Learners

footwork

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Definition of footwork for English Language Learners

  • : 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


FOOTWORK Defined for Kids

footwork

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noun foot·work \ ˈfu̇t-ˌwərk \

Definition of footwork for Students

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


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