What's the meaning of the phrase 'Fancy free'?
Without any ties or commitments.
What's the origin of the phrase 'Fancy free'?
From Shakespeare's A Midsummer Nights Dream, 1598:
That very time I saw, but thou couldst not,
Flying between the cold moon and the earth,
Cupid all arm'd: a certain aim he took
At a fair vestal throned by the west,
And loosed his love-shaft smartly from his bow,
As it should pierce a hundred thousand hearts;
But I might see young Cupid's fiery shaft
Quench'd in the chaste beams of the watery moon,
And the imperial votaress passed on,
In maiden meditation, fancy-free.
The extended term 'footloose and fancy-free' is 20th century in origin.
See other - phrases and sayings from Shakespeare.