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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Salah’s goal in Liverpool’s 1-1 draw against Everton was a mixture of strength and footwork. Rob Harris, The Seattle Times, "Modric wins world player of year, ends Ronaldo-Messi duology," 24 Sep. 2018 Ravens offensive line coach Joe D’Alessandris will surely go to work on Brown’s technique and footwork, too. Jeff Zrebiec,, "Ravens news, notes and opinions on right tackle competition, Crockett Gillmore, next week's OTAs," 15 May 2018 The drills included heavy bag work, learning new combinations with Jeff, working the speed bags, honing uppercut punches and footwork. Bethany Ao,, "I boxed one of Philly's most famous chefs and it relieved more stress than yoga," 14 May 2018 The sport requires a unique combination of core strength, balance, and super fast footwork. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "All About Log Rolling, the Unique Sport That’s Much Tougher Than It Looks," 8 May 2018 Evaluators have called him athletic and technically sound with good initial quickness and footwork. Colleen Kane,, "NFL draft position preview: Offensive linemen," 13 Apr. 2018 Beilein has continued to work with Matthews on all parts of his game, including balance, footwork and confidence. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan basketball ready to carry momentum into Big Ten tournament," 28 Feb. 2018 Though the footage is a bit blurry, the 6 God's footwork is flawless. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, "Watch Drake Put His Best Dance Moves to the Test For the 'In My Feelings' Challenge," 12 July 2018 Last year his footwork was poor, and his upper and lower body were never in sync., "Fantasy Football Preseason Reports: A Scout’s Take on Every Team," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of footwork

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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