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fox trot

a social dance, in quadruple meter, performed by couples, characterized by various combinations of slow and quick steps.
a pace, as of a horse, consisting of a series of short steps, as in slackening from a trot to a walk.
Origin of fox trot
1870-75, Americanism


[foks-trot] /ˈfɒksˌtrɒt/
verb (used without object), fox-trotted, fox-trotting.
to dance a fox trot.
1915-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The lively music of the fox trot beginning, Danny made an elaborate salaam to Marjorie.

  • He dwelt on one particular development in the fox trot—had I noticed it?

    Possessed Cleveland Moffett
  • You mean the turkey trot and the tango and the one-step and the fox trot and the hesitation?

    Skinner's Dress Suit Henry Irving Dodge
  • Put on a fox trot, Jimmie, maybe it'll bring them to, the poor prunes!

    Six One-Act Plays Margaret Scott Oliver
  • We met a cowboy jingling by at his fox trot; then came to the country road.

    The Killer Stewart Edward White
  • You know, that—ahr—big chap who was falling over her in the fox trot.

    To Him That Hath Ralph Connor
  • The amble has various local names, such as the "single foot," the "fox trot," etc.

    Descriptive Zoopraxography Eadweard Muybridge
  • They danced a fox trot, and at its conclusion she shook her head at him.

    Jacob's Ladder E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Well, ring us up if you find the chairs doing a fox trot or hesitation waltz in the middle of the night, suggested Walter.

Word Origin and History for fox trot

also fox-trot, foxtrot, "pace with short steps," such as a fox's, 1872, from fox (n.) + trot (n.). As a type of popular dance, from 1915.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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