noun[mass noun] informal
The action of touching someone’s feet lightly with one’s own feet, especially under a table, as a playful expression of romantic interest: he was playing footsie under the table with Mara
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- He's noticed the very indiscreet game of footsie underneath the table, probably because Stephen just kicked him thinking that was Jules' foot.
- All that lip-wrestling in the conference room, footsie in the canteen and fumbling in the office toilets is coming back to haunt workers in the UK.
- Then a follow-up after treatment with expensive drug X shows her playing open-sandaled under-the-table footsie with her more adoring boyfriend!
1940s: humorous diminutive of foot.
- Work with someone in a close but covert way: the minister was rebuked for playing footsie with the nationalistsMore example sentences
- They have no difficulty in playing footsie with the Government on stadia that, in my opinion, are not required.
- In Gujarat, the feet that could have done the stomping were, instead, playing footsie with the mob.
- Yes, a handful of tribes have made a mint, but only those that live near major cities and don't mind playing footsie with white government.
Words that rhyme with footsieAbruzzi, tootsie, Tutsi
Informal term for FTSE index.
1980s: fanciful elaboration of FTSE, influenced by footsie.
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