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dance card

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
1890-95, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Historical Examples
  • Her dancing had called forth the admiration of everybody, and the young men crowded about, begging to see her dance-card.

    Patty's Friends Carolyn Wells
  • The program or dance-card of public balls and college class dances, has undeniable advantages.

    Etiquette Emily Post
  • Presently he drew from his pocket a dance-card, glanced over it for the twentieth time, and replaced it with a sigh.

    The Eternal Boy Owen Johnson
Contemporary definitions for dance-card

a list of activities that one is involved in's 21st Century Lexicon
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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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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