Definition of footloose in US English:



  • 1Able to travel freely and do as one pleases due to a lack of responsibilities or commitments.

    ‘I am footloose and fancy-free—I can follow my job wherever it takes me’
    • ‘We like to keep it footloose and fancy free and take delight in the fact that the performance can take many twists and turns.’
    • ‘We're going beyond the beloved flip-flop - here are five cool pairs that will keep you feeling footloose and fancy-free all season.’
    • ‘They're footloose, and they'll go where they can get the best deal.’
    • ‘In the meantime, my grandfather, finding himself footloose and fancy-free in London without any family to tie him down, went, ‘Whoohoo!’’
    • ‘The boomers are actually doing a lot more travelling than their footloose children.’
    • ‘Then footloose and fancy free, Terry travelled Australia for the next couple of years.’
    • ‘Contrary to their romantic image, nomads are not simply footloose people addicted to wanderlust.’
    • ‘Like Watkins, Olmsted, who early on styled himself a footloose gentleman farmer, wandered unprepared into his art.’
    • ‘They feature some excellent stories, including by writers such as Conan Doyle and E.Philips Oppenheim, who wrote some very interesting crime novels set among the footloose expatriate set on the French Riviera.’
    • ‘But while the migrant pickers may be footloose, they are not carefree.’
    • ‘In appearance, the RV is not much different from what a pair of footloose retirees might drive to Yellowstone but for the words ‘Asthma Van’ emblazoned emphatically in black on each side.’
    • ‘He, too, was divorced, footloose and fancy-free.’
    • ‘Yes, well, a Shaughraun is an Irish rural character, a vagabond, a footloose but loyal trickster.’
    • ‘Tony, a footloose and hard-living traveller, finds himself penniless and without a job out in the wilds of Kenya.’
    • ‘If you are in the market for an estate, it's unlikely to be because you are footloose and fancy-free.’
    • ‘This will be my last Festival that's even vaguely footloose and fancy-free.’
    • ‘But I'm footloose and fancy free and there's nothing to stop me.’
    • ‘His footloose and fancy-free lifestyle means he had no qualms about buying a home in New Zealand and opening a restaurant in the heart of Newmarket where competition is brisk.’
    • ‘Piles of suitcases symbolize a generation of migrants and Guthrie's footloose nature.’
    • ‘Thanks to our footloose times, all their children have gone abroad; and now, though elderly themselves, they have to continue the role of caring; this time, it is babysitting the grandchildren!’
    travelling, peripatetic, wandering, wayfaring, roving, roaming, rambling, touring, nomadic, gypsy, migrant, migratory, ambulatory
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    1. 1.1 (of a commercial, industrial, or financial operation) unrestricted in its location or field of operations and able to respond to fluctuations in the market.
      ‘modern factories are largely footloose’
      • ‘Lots of industries are known as footloose, they aren't tied to any one location, and that's why it's important that the Houston story is told accurately, he said.’
      • ‘‘It's going to be that much harder to recommend Manchester as an investment location to footloose corporates,’ he said.’
      • ‘The emphasis upon footloose capital and a new global capitalist order is overstated as is the decline of the welfare state.’
      • ‘Much more needs to be done, no doubt, but if this level of investment continues then there is no reason why footloose MNCs looking for the cheapest location should not consider India as a possible manufacturing hub.’
      • ‘Notwithstanding that, deepening the roots of foreign-owned multinationals in Ireland - and making them less footloose - is important.’
      • ‘But beneath it all is the realisation that the modern world doesn't owe the trade union movement a future, and indeed, the trends of global capital are actively working against it by making the flow of capital so footloose and amoral.’
      • ‘It's in this part of the economy, and not in footloose multinational companies, where there's the highest potential for more good jobs.’
      • ‘If these features define the footloose company, British businesses qualify as among the most market orientated and footloose in the world.’
      • ‘A while back, I suggested that Democrats could do themselves and the public some good by taking on the practice of footloose corporations extorting tax subsidies from jobs-hungry state and local governments.’
      • ‘He added that the high dependence on imported goods, was the result of the government attracting footloose industries in Indonesia.’
      • ‘But the multinational is not as footloose as the tourist.’
      • ‘But it is not the change, but the way it has been driven by footloose capital pre-occupied with the need to extract short-term profits for demanding shareholders that has maximised the pain.’
      • ‘There is a lot of footloose investment in the world's markets looking for profitable areas to develop right now.’
      • ‘‘A high proportion of this capital is footloose, ready to take off if there is a more promising investment at hand, or if the value of US investment looks like contracting,’ he wrote.’
      • ‘It's his responsibility to make sure a project really is footloose when a company says it is.’
      • ‘Some products currently made offshore would be made locally to conserve costs of transport, although information industries would remain footloose.’
      • ‘Less security, more pressure and the constant fear that they would be thrown on the scrap heap because their business could not generate the hyper-profits that footloose global capital came to demand.’
      • ‘Contrary to the sceptics, MNCs are not simply national firms with international operations, nor are they, as the hyperglobalizers argue, footloose corporations which wander the globe in search of maximum profits.’
      • ‘It is about the commitment of entrepreneurs and other employers to a community, not about footloose investments attracted by tax incentives or other concessions.’
      • ‘This implies that new footloose and supply-oriented firms are more likely to avoid locations with high local tax efforts.’