play footsie with
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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.
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.