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The act of touching or rubbing someone else's foot or ankle with one's own under a table, typically to show sexual interest in that person. Becky must like you if she was playing footsies with you all night at dinner.

play footsie(s) (with someone)

1. To rub someone's foot or feet with one's own, usually in secret beneath a table as a means of flirting or indicating romantic or sexual interest. My friend's sister started playing footsie with me during dinner. I had no idea she was into me! Are you two playing footsies?
2. By extension, to become secretly involved with someone; to offer clandestine cooperation with someone to gain their favor. It's been revealed that the senator has been playing footsie with major corporations to bypass federal regulations and bureaucratic red tape.
See also: play

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.
See also: footsie, play

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. If someone plays footsie, they touch or rub someone else's foot under a table as a sign of sexual interest. These couples drink lots of Chianti, share a dessert, play footsie and tip quite well.
2. If someone plays footsie with a person or organization, they show that they like them or are interested in them in an indirect and often insincere way. The singer has been playing footsie with all the major record labels. He was still playing footsie with the Prime Minister in order to get back in the Cabinet.
See also: footsie, play

play footsie with someone

1 touch someone's feet lightly with your own feet, usually under a table, as a playful expression of romantic interest. 2 work with someone in a cosy and covert way.
See also: footsie, play, someone

play ˈfootsie (with somebody)

touch somebody’s feet lightly with your own feet, especially under a table, as an expression of affection or sexual interest
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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Markets across Europe also spiralled downward with the Footsie, with early falls seen on French and German exchanges.
But fears the Footsie could breach 3000 within the week were turned on their head with a recovery that stunned the City.
Alex Scott at 7 Investment Management is forecasting 5,800 for the Footsie.
Xstrata lost 33p to 1683p, while Lonmin plunged more than 20 per cent or 461p to 1813p - making it the leading Footsie faller.
On a day where top-flight news was in short supply, Lambert & Butler maker Imperial Tobacco was the leading Footsie casualty, following a downgrade from JP Morgan after yesterday's bigger than expected pounds 4.
The Footsie is treading water - no-one is eager to buy or sell and we have seen hardly any business this morning.
The biggest Footsie risers were: Cable & Wireless Worldwide up 5.
As painted by the Footsie, the 2008 story so far has been these two sectors offsetting the losses made by banks - which account for almost 17 per cent of the index - following the credit credit.
As a result, Anglo American - off 33p at 1350p - and Royal Bank of Scotland, 37p lower at 1725p, were among those near the top of the Footsie fallers board in early trading.
Banks were putting the most pressure on the Footsie, with Lloyds TSB off 15p at 679p.
Concerns over the impact of Egypt's woes on oil supplies also sent the wider Footsie into the red, down 18.
But bank stocks gave back some of their impressive gains, having driven the Footsie higher on Tuesday amid prospects of more lenient regulatory reforms.
A downbeat start from US markets on plunging consumer confidence and housing sales data failed to derail the recovery, which saw the Footsie gain 193.
The Footsie had surged 30 points in the first minute of trading after investors cheered the first positive session for the Dow Jones Industrial Average in five days and a number of upbeat corporate results.
British Airways' recent revival failed to continue in early trading, with shares down nearly 5%, or 8 Media group Granada led the Footsie risers board with a gain of 5p at 98p while engineering group Invensys was ahead a penny at 36p following a weekend of speculation about its restructuring plans.