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be footloose and fancy-free

To be free of responsibilities, including romantic commitments (a fact that is often highlighted when this phrase is used). I love being a single woman, so I intend to be footloose and fancy-free for a long time. Now that I have a family and a mortgage, I miss being footloose and fancy-free.
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footloose and fancy-free

Fig. without long-term responsibilities or commitments. All the rest of them have wives, but John is footloose and fancy-free. Mary never stays long in any job. She likes being footloose and fancy-free.
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footloose and fancy-free

Having no attachments, especially romantic ones, and free to do as one pleases. For example, When I was in my twenties, footloose and fancy-free, I would travel at the drop of a hat . Both of these words have long been used separately; their pairing dates only from the 1900s.
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footloose and fancy-free

If someone is footloose and fancy-free, they are not married or in a long-term relationship, or they have very few responsibilities. He was footloose and fancy-free. He could go to parties and pubs on his own, and come and go as he pleased. Note: This term refers to a sail that could move about freely because the ropes holding it at the foot or bottom were loose.
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footloose and fancy-free

without any commitments or responsibilities; free to act or travel as you please.
Footloose was used literally in the late 17th century to mean ‘free to move the feet’. The sense ‘without commitments’ originated in late 19th-century US usage. Fancy in fancy-free is used in the sense of ‘love’ or ‘the object of someone's affections’.
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ˌfootloose and fancy-ˈfree

free to go where you like or do what you want because you have no responsibilities: Here she was, at forty, footloose and fancy-free in New York.
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footloose and fancy free

Unattached, especially romantically, and able to move and act without responsibilities. The “foot” is the bottom of a sail, and a sail that is footloose is free to move whichever way the wind blows. So is a person who is “footloose and fancy free,” at liberty to follow any and all whims. (Such a state sounds enviable, but keep in mind the fable about “The Grasshopper and the Ant.”)
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Joining As well as being packed full of amazing dance, the musical features some classic 80s hits, including Holding Out for a Hero, Almost Paradise, Let's Hear it for the Boy and the unforgettable title track Footloose.
The show is packed full of electrifying dancing and classic eighties hits including: Out For A Hero, Almost Paradise, Let's Hear It For The Boy and the title track Footloose.
RECEPTION J Ariel is happy to have rebel Ren in town to shake things up REPEAT Z Julianne Hough and Kenny Wormald's characters vary little from the Footloose original DANCING GIRL 3 Julianne Hough plays Ariel, love interest of Ren, played by Kenny Wormald
Opening to the infectious twangs and beat of the Kenny Loggins title track, Footloose doesn't put a heel or toe out of place in the energetic dance sequences to funky new versions of Deniece Williams, Shalamar and Bonnie Tyler.
The cast of Footloose have praised the 1984 original starring Kevin Bacon.
The footloose nature is, obviously, related to competition in the marketplace.
Joint agents Harris Lamb and DJ are confident that footloose firms will soon sign on the dotted line for parts of Pemberstone's new 42,782 sq ft grade A office development.
He also choreographed for a local production of the musical Footloose and for Murderous Instincts, which played in Puerto Rico three years ago with Lucecita Benitez (the show is running in London now).
In light of current debates about art's social instrumentality, this approach is right on the money--and suggests that while Manifesta may be footloose by nature, the shoeprints it leaves could become permanent.
FOOTLOOSE is a fun, feelgood film but it's not a classic like Grease.
Then when I got my first Broadway show, Footloose, people started calling me a slut because I was hanging out with too many women at the smite time.
The project, though not a musical, will have a heavy musical component in the style of the studio's previous hits Flashdance, Footloose and Save the Last Dance.
228) Despite the Footloose Club's legal success and an exuberant victory dance, however, in the end the religious establishment in Anson continued to prohibit dancing by maintaining bureaucratic and other barriers.
Sooner or later, the Web might not be so footloose and fancy-free after all.
His analyses thus take into account the chronological distance covered by the texts' sedentary reader while at the same time investigating and tracing the narrative movements that propel many a footloose character from one adventure to another.