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do-si-do

[doh-see-doh] /ˈdoʊ siˈdoʊ/
noun, plural do-si-dos.
1.
a figure in square-dancing, in which two persons advance, pass around each other back to back, and return to their places.
verb (used with object), do-si-doed, do-si-doing.
2.
to dance this figure around (one's partner).
verb (used without object), do-si-doed, do-si-doing.
3.
to execute a do-si-do.
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British Dictionary definitions for do-si-do

do-si-do

/ˌdəʊsɪˈdəʊ/
noun
1.
a square-dance figure in which dancers pass each other with right shoulders close or touching and circle back to back
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2.
a call instructing dancers to perform such a figure
Also called dos-à-dos
Word Origin
C20: from dos-à-dos
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Word Origin and History for do-si-do

1929, from French dos-à-dos "back to back" (see dossier).

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Slang definitions & phrases for do-si-do

do-se-do

noun
  1. A dull fight, with more dancing than punching: The guys who are supposed to do the fighting go in there and put on the old do-se-do (1930s+ Prizefight)
  2. A regular alternation; predictable shift: Fashion always does a do-si-do between artifice and the natural (1960s+)

[fr the square-dance figure, fr French dos-a`-dos, ''back to back,'' in which dancers pass each other back-to-back and return to their places]


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