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.
Recent Examples on the Web So the Celtics focused more on positional instruction, footwork, decision-making, and defensive intensity. Adam Himmelsbach,, 11 July 2022 Duren is an old-school center, who doesn't shoot outside of the paint frequently, but should his footwork, vision and passing (which is already above average) continue to improve, his upside is tremendous. Tony Garcia, Detroit Free Press, 24 June 2022 Percussive footwork and upper body ornamentation, signature to flamenco, come second to the pulse, meter, rhythm and lyrics of the music, which form a code that prescribes everything that happens in the dance. Lauren Warnecke, Chicago Tribune, 8 June 2022 The coming week offers several opportunities around town to see stellar troupes performing Irish step-dancing, which is characterized by stiff torsos and percussive, tornadolike footwork and accompanied by dramatic folk music. New York Times, 10 Mar. 2022 Allen sharpened his footwork, face-ups, playmaking, ambidextrous jump-hooks and dribble-drives. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 5 Feb. 2022 Thompson never had the greatest straight-line speed or leap; his effectiveness on both ends of the court came from footwork, anticipation, some dexterity, and both an intelligence and abundance of movement. Mark Deeks, Forbes, 29 Jan. 2022 Flamenco was born in Andalucia, about a millennium ago, and has evolved into a semi-improvised art form of percussive footwork, plaintive singing, and flurries of acoustic guitar. Ben Reynolds, Travel, 4 Jan. 2022 Vonnahme has shown excellent footwork, strength and power around the basket. Patrick Z. Mcgavin,, 7 Dec. 2021 See More

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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 11 Aug. 2022.

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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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