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see Footsie



  • a UK /ˈfʊtsi/ /"fUtsi/
  • homophones


  1. 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.


flirting game

Extensive Definition

Footsies, playing footsies or footsie is a practice in which people use their feet to play with each other's feet. This generally involves slipping their shoes off under a table and rubbing their bare feet and soles against one another or up their partner's leg. Footsies generally is used to flirt with sexual partners, though it can also be done without an erotic intent as when young children will play with each other's feet in school.

Non-sexual uses


"Playing footsies" can also mean that two people favor each other over others, such as in a card game, politics or other group activity in which people are not technically paired off. Doing so tends to give an unfair advantage to the two individuals over the rest of the group.


Foot-to-foot contact is an important element of communication between dance partners in Argentine tango. At its simplest, this is just touching the feet together (the parada). Among other variations, there is dragging the partner's foot (arrastre or barrida), or pushing the foot out of the way (sacada).
footsie in German: Füßeln
footsie in Italian: Fare piedino
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