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foot +‎ loose


footloose (comparative more footloose, superlative most footloose)

  1. Tending to travel or do as one pleases; readily without many commitments or responsibility.
    He was footloose in his youth.
    • 2000, Zadie Smith, White Teeth, Penguin Books, published 2001, page 465:
      Because we often imagine that immigrants are constantly on the move, footloose, able to change course at any moment.
    • 2021 February 18, A. O. Scott, “‘Nomadland’ Review: The Unsettled Americans”, in The New York Times[1], →ISSN:
      [] They are footloose but also desperate, squeezed by rising inequality and a frayed safety net.
  2. (nautical) Of a sail: not properly secured at the bottom.

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