The bottom edge of a sail is called the foot which on some sailing ships is lashed to a boom to keep it tight and under control. However, some ships and boats, even today, have loose footed sails which makes the sail less effective and more difficult to control. Fancy free if you like. Hence the saying "Footloose and fancy free".
By SailingQuiz November 2019 Category: Nautical Saying
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