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
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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).