Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal The act of flirting in which one secretly touches the feet or legs of another with one's own, as under a table.
  • idiom play footsie with To flirt with, especially in secret.
  • idiom play footsie with To cooperate or curry favor with in a sly or devious way.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A flirting game where two people touch each other's feet with their feet, under a table or otherwise concealed place, as a romantic prelude.
  • n. foot

Etymologies

From diminutive of foot.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • I'm not part of that blogworld; I don't play first-name footsie with all the lib faves; I'm not looking to belong to or redeem the Democratic Party.

    Dennis Perrin: My Yearly Kos Diary

  • She'd hold "them" feet to the fire if a wingnut tried to play 'footsie' with her!

    Obama Rejects Bill's Implication That Hillary Was Swiftboated

  • Suddenly, top Republicans were accusing Ritter of playing "footsie" with labor unions.

    The Obama Win: Handle As Little and as Gently as Possible

  • OhShootItsKenton: Bulova refused to play "footsie" with Alice Marshall and won big. by anonymous

    Not Larry Sabato:

  • BTW, I am the anonymous for the wing tip and the undeserving "footsie" entries.

    Winners

  • Gee ... maybe if our Attorney General did not have such a record of playing "footsie" with known terrorists and being against rights that the Constitution clearly gives to Americans, as well as clearly playing politics with his legal duties and office, we might all be a little less nervous about how this administration approaches this issue ... ya think??

    Denver Post: News: Breaking: Local

  • Delhi, February 18: The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Thursday alleged that the Trinamool Congress was playing "footsie" with the Maoists, citing how party chief and

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  • NEW DELHI - The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Thursday alleged that the Trinamool Congress was playing "footsie" with the Maoists, citing how party chief and Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee did not name the left-wing rebels for the attack on the East Frontier Rifles (EFR) camp in West Bengal.

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  • And too many Democrats have played footsie with that very ideology so, please, spare me the hand-wringing -- you guys didn't have the spine (I'd use a different word but I try to keep these things "family friendly") to stand up to the people who finance your campaigns so a lot of you personally deserve to get your heads handed to you, even though that means we are in for a word of hurt.

    Jonathan Tasini: A Lack of Seriousness

  • Mr. Malek's old enough to member that the communists were our allies in World War II; then they were our enemies in the Cold War when we played footsie with fascists.

    Chip Berlet: The Tea Party Republicans' Malek Problem

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