fox trot

noun
1.
a social dance, in quadruple meter, performed by couples, characterized by various combinations of slow and quick steps.
2.
a pace, as of a horse, consisting of a series of short steps, as in slackening from a trot to a walk.

Origin:
1870–75, Americanism

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fox-trot

[foks-trot]
verb (used without object), fox-trotted, fox-trotting.
to dance a fox trot.

Origin:
1915–20

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fox trot
also fox-trot, type of dance, 1915, on notion of a fox's short steps.
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At this week's party, the center will offer lessons in swing and fox trot, followed by social dancing.
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