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step dance

See also: stepdance and step-dance



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1876 noun, 1903 verb, step +‎ dance.


step dance (plural step dances)

  1. A dance emphasizing the dancer's steps.
    • 1876, John Ruskin, Fors Clavigera: Letters to the Workmen and Labourers of Great Britain, v 6, p 269:
      He then gave us a step-dance, so as not to dwell too long on one subject.
    • 1887, Rudyard Kipling, Plain Tales from the Hills [1890], p 120:
      Orth'ris began rowlin' his eyes an' crackin' his fingers an' dancin' a step-dance for to impress the Headman.



step dance (third-person singular simple present step dances, present participle step dancing, simple past and past participle step danced)

  1. To perform a step dance.
    • 1903, Charles Edward Osborne, The life of Father Dolling, E. Arnold, p 254:
      [. . .] place, where we boxed, played skittles, step-danced — a place in which I could say to all these dear street-corner, out-of-work people, " Come in and spend [. . .]

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