footloose and fancy-free

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.
See also: and, footloose

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.
See also: and, footloose

footloose and fancy-free

OLD-FASHIONED
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’.
See also: and, footloose

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.
See also: and, footloose
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The former Irish Press director said the phrase "Gay Bachelor John Reynolds" referred to men who were happily un- married, or footloose and fancy-free.
After facing jail time and a lawsuit, the Armenian belly dancer is finally footloose and fancy-free after resolving her standing disputes with the hotel, whom she signed a contract with in 2009 upon her arrival to Egypt.
The 30-year-old blonde is footloose and fancy-free, and the last thing she has on her mind is men, marriage or the patter of tiny feet.
While Harris is now planning to have a family with his wife Cherie, it was all about living footloose and fancy-free in his early cricket days, the report added.
Most of the birds are this time of year footloose and fancy-free.
She added: "I'm having such a good time being footloose and fancy-free and not having to check in and say, 'Is it OK if I do this or do that?
Both girls have admitted they love being footloose and fancy-free.
The classic '60s series ``The Fugitive'' worked so well because Richard Kimble (David Janssen), though pursued by a zealous officer, was fairly footloose and fancy-free.
In light of all the media reports about anti-social behaviour, we all know that anti-social behaviour occurs when kids are footloose and fancy-free and are not occupying themselves.
He canoodled with Anouska and whispered in her ear: "I'm footloose and fancy-free.
Because of that, I needed to be footloose and fancy-free.
Not all 20-somethings are footloose and fancy-free.
They don't want a husband who's footloose and fancy-free while they sit at home rocking the cradle.
Ben is too footloose and fancy-free, while Siobhan is a real career girl.
As if, suddenly, Space has changed its target demographic from Liverpool's footloose and fancy-free - from both sexes - to some furtive brigade of sweaty-palmed, middle-aged male blimpers (dictionary definition: from the Scouse, a mild pervert who leers at members of the opposite sex from a hidden vantage point).