play footsie

Definition of play footsie

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

Word by Word Definitions

play play
  1. : swordplay

  2. : game, sport

  3. : the conduct, course, or action of a game

  1. : to engage in sport or recreation : frolic

  2. : to have sexual relations

  3. : to move aimlessly about : trifle

footsie play
  1. : a furtive flirtatious caressing with the feet (as under a table)

  2. : a usually surreptitious cooperation or negotiation with someone supposed hostile to one's own interests


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