Footloose and Fancy-Free

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Not involved in any relation with someone, free not having any attachment with something or someone

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  • The expression finds its origin in the 16th century, at that time, “fancy” was taken in the meaning of love and “fancy-free” was meant free of love. In other words we can say that you are not in a love relationship with someone. In the late 17th century “footloose” was meant that your foot was not tied, it was loose which allows you to go wherever you like. Today this expression says you are free, that is not bound to any person, place or job.
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Jacobs likes to attend parties and club nights because he is footloose and fancy-free.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

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