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dance card

noun
1.
a card listing, in order, the names of the partners with whom a woman has agreed to dance at a formal ball or party.
Origin of dance card
1890-1895
1890-95, Americanism
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  • When you looked Josephines dance card over early in the evening you failed to put your name down for more than one dance number.

    Mason of Bar X Ranch Henry Bennett
  • “She had her dance card full and was splitting her waltzes,” supplied Mary, who was just back from an afternoon at Winsted.

    Betty Wales Freshman Edith K. Dunton
  • He took the dance card out of his pocket and looked at it again.

    Cheerful--By Request Edna Ferber
  • New Yorkers are sensible, if only for this reason, for having banished the dance card.

    The Complete Bachelor Walter Germain
  • "Please don't," begged Belle suddenly, gripping her dance card tightly.

  • As they neared the picturesque figure, King Lear bowed low before Patty, and held out his hand for her dance card.

    Patty's Social Season Carolyn Wells
Contemporary definitions for dance card
noun

a list of activities that one is involved in

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Slang definitions & phrases for dance card

dance card

noun phrase

A putative list of priorities, engagements, etc: Kissinger's dance card that week included a party for Margaret Thatcher/ Suddenly, the Iraqi leader had maneuvered himself to the top of Mr. Clinton's dance card (1980s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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