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play footsie with someone

1. to get romantically or sexually involved with someone. (Refers literally to secretly pushing or rubbing feet with someone under the table.) Someone said that Ruth is playing footsie with Henry. Henry and Ruth are playing footsie with each other.
2. to get involved in a scheme with someone; to cooperate with someone. The guy who runs the butcher shop was playing footsie with the city meat inspector. Henry was playing footsie with the mayor in order to get the contract.
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play footsie

to secretly touch someone's feet under a table with your feet, in order to show that you are sexually attracted to them (usually in continuous tenses) I think they were playing footsie in the meeting!
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play footsie with somebody

  (mainly American)
to be involved with a person or an organization secretly, because you know that other people will not approve The government never forgave him for playing footsie with the terrorists.
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play footsie

1. Behave coyly, flirt with, especially secretly. For example, Get to the point, there's no need to play footsie with us. This expression alludes to two persons surreptitiously rubbing each other's feet together. [1940s]
2. Cooperate or curry favor with in a sly or secret way, as in The mayor's been playing footsie with various neighborhood councils. [Mid-1900s]
See also: footsie, play

play footsie

1. To flirt with someone by secretly touching the feet with one's own.
2. To cooperate or curry favor in a sly or devious way.
See also: footsie, play
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The latest slump also means the Footsie has fallen in six of its last seven sessions.
New additions to the Footsie 250 index include Lastminute.
Back in the Footsie, improvements were seen across the financial sector with Prudential leading the way with a rise of 6p to 465 1 /2p.
Women were less up to speed on the subject, with 59 per cent unaware the Footsie tracks the performance of the 100 largest publicly owned companies, compared with 41 per cent of men.
Justahandful of Footsie stocks were in positive territory.
Energy group Centrica ended the day on the ropes of the Footsie bearpit after investors baulked at concerns about the impact of rising electricity and wholesale gas prices on margins at British Gas.
The Footsie has also benefited from a good run by American shares, which were higher last night amid hungry buying of microchip stocks and drug-maker Pfizer.
The Footsie pulled away from the fresh six-year lows plumbed last week to close 172.
Last week's US non-farm payrolls showed 54,000 jobs were lost over August against forecasts for more than 100,000, which sent the Footsie and Dow Jones Industrial Average in America up 1% on Friday.
The blue-chip stocks stayed mired in negative territory and the Footsie closed down 71.
The biggest Footsie risers were Sage Group up 4p at 175p, Reuters ahead 4p at 242.
But a rebound on America's Dow Jones Industrial Average after yesterday's sell-off helped lift the Footsie up 21.
In the Footsie, part-nationalised banks were up, ahead of the third quarter reporting season.
The biggest Footsie risers were Kazakhmys, up 56p to 1129, Amec, ahead 43 points to 891.
But further pain for Royal & Sun Alliance, which fell Thursday after announcing 1,000 job losses and a pounds 960 million cash call, dragged the Footsie into negative territory for most of the day.