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

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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His fancy footwork, deft hand-eye coordination and swift punches make Gonzalez stand out among most of the young boxers who come to the Little Village gym, nestled in a basement that previously was used for church dinners and storage. Shannon Ryan,, "Boxer Felix Gonzalez Jr., a 2020 Olympic hopeful, has a second 'family' at Little Village gym," 25 May 2018 JoJo shows off his fancy footwork in Boston….with a cash reward from his coach. Rob Tornoe,, "Charles Barkley gets pranked on TNT, ESPN analyst Rex Ryan rips Tony Romo," 17 May 2018 If a coach can rein him in a bit, limit the hero ball and help shore up his footwork, which should fix his accuracy issues, Darnold could develop into a top-10 quarterback. Steven Ruiz, For The Win, "Ranking the 9 best quarterback prospects in the 2018 NFL draft," 24 Apr. 2018 Instead, the 48-year-old let the songs do the work, with minimal stage banter and footwork, leaving the heavy lifting to her backup dancers. Steven J. Horowitz, Billboard, "Gwen Stefani Brings No Doubt and Solo Hits to Life at Energizing Las Vegas Debut," 28 June 2018 In April ghetto-house and footwork producer DJ Clent celebrated his birthday at Hales Franciscan High School in Grand Boulevard. Leor Galil, Chicago Reader, "Psych-pop group Roommate play their first Chicago show in more than two years," 9 May 2018 He and Alabama tackle Jonah Williams have both the sizable frame and nimble footwork to shut down opposing edge rushers. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "NFL draft 2019 projected top 10: Rashan Gary, Nick Bosa lead dominant defensive line class," 1 May 2018 Perhaps the most pro-ready passer coming out in 2018, Rosen is nearly flawless mechanically in terms of his delivery and footwork honed as an accomplished tennis player. azcentral, "NFL draft reaction: Arizona Cardinals big NFL draft winner for Josh Rosen pick?," 27 Apr. 2018 Each comes to practice his own footwork, more parallel play than competition. Amelia Nierenberg,, "Lynch Family Skatepark offers teenagers discipline, camaraderie, freedom," 2 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 \

Kids Definition of footwork

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

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