cancan, the name of an ungraceful and indecent dance practised in the Paris dancing saloons.
They might go and find the minister away, and then—voila, what a chance for cancan!
Only this morning I open the ice box and they were all dancing the cancan.
When he invites his friends to breakfast, the mice will dance the cancan!
The women who disport in the cancan at the same place are simply hired by the season.
The cancan, a pitiably tame cancan, is danced—in public—only to satisfy 193 the curiosity of sensation-seeking tourists.
But believe me, it is much better for one in your trade to dance the cancan than to play the great lady.
In the midst of the uproar, several couples danced the cancan till the chandeliers shook with it.
The music starts up just then, and she determines to do the cancan and risk the collection afterward.
As we were all decidedly gay, somebody proposed dancing the cancan—the real thing.
also can-can, 1848, from French, possibly from can, a French children's word for "duck" (cf. canard), via some notion of "waddling" too obscure or obscene to attempt to disentangle here. Or perhaps from French cancan (16c.) "noise, disturbance," echoic of quacking.