play footsie

idiom

informal
1
: to secretly touch another person's foot with one's own foot as a way of showing sexual attraction
He was playing footsie with her under the dining room table.
2
: to secretly work with or help someone in a way that is dishonest or wrong
world leaders playing footsie with terrorists

Examples of play footsie in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And now, Republicans are trying to play footsie with it. Nbc Universal, NBC News, 3 Mar. 2024 The Republicans’ willingness to play footsie with the equity agenda is surprising, if not politically foolish. Dan Lennington, National Review, 5 Aug. 2021 Instead of rejecting these forces, too many members of today’s Republican Party play footsie with them – or flat-out embrace their rhetoric and ideas. Jill Filipovic, CNN, 17 Jan. 2023 Examples abound, but one of the latest is the party’s embrace of weak energy policies and its decision to play footsie with the Left’s climate hysterics for crass political purposes. Chip Roy, National Review, 5 July 2022 At the same time, its decision to play footsie with conspiracies related to election software (as opposed to embracing them wholesale) has been damning in two ways. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 4 Feb. 2021

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“Play footsie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/play%20footsie. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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