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fancy footwork

1. Lit. clever and intricate dance steps. The old man was known for his fancy footwork when he was on Broadway.
2. Lit. adroit movements of the feet that help someone retain balance or move through treacherous territory. It took some fancy footwork to get down the mountain carrying the injured child.
3. Fig. a clever and intricate strategy that helps someone get out of trouble. The governor did some fancy footwork to keep from getting blamed for the scandal.
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fancy footwork

and fast footwork
n. artful maneuvering; fast and clever thinking. Ken did a lot of fancy footwork to get out of that one.
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fast footwork

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As a batsman playing on turning tracks, you just cannot be indecisive in your footwork.
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Footwork Productions gets income from Beckham's endorsements with companies, including Adidas.
Once the entire core is working well, you can master good footwork.
He is not one of our favourite people, but Ronaldo's footwork is very balletic at times.
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Linear pattern; sharp, quick turns, flashy footwork, tricks and dips.
KIllingworth-based Amberley Park Development in Sport will indulge in some fancy footwork during next month's half-term school holifdays.
The answer is yes, although it looks nothing like the footwork of Mumble or Savion Glover, the tap dancer who gave him his high-energy moves.
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