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[mass noun] 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’
- ‘So, little by little, she slid her foot forwards towards Josh's and prepared herself for what she hoped would be a successful game of footsie.’
- ‘Having sat at the table alongside the immortals, hearing their words while watching their games of footsie, Vidal is a sort of reflexive reductionist.’
- ‘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!’
- ‘He's noticed the very indiscreet game of footsie underneath the table, probably because Stephen just kicked him thinking that was Jules' foot.’
1940s: humorous diminutive of foot.
- informal term for FTSE index
1980s: fanciful elaboration of FTSE, influenced by footsie.
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