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high-stepping

[hahy-step-ing] /ˈhaɪˈstɛp ɪŋ/
adjective
1.
seeking unrestrained pleasure, as by frequenting night clubs, parties, etc.; leading a wild and fast life:
a high-stepping young crowd.
2.
(of a horse) moving with the leg raised high.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50
Related forms
high-stepper, noun

high-step

[hahy-step] /ˈhaɪˌstɛp/
verb (used without object), high-stepped, high-stepping.
1.
to walk or run by raising the legs higher than normal.
verb (used with object), high-stepped, high-stepping.
2.
to approach or step over by high-stepping.
Origin
1840-50
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Examples for high-stepping
  • It comes from the cakewalk, a high-stepping dance popularized on the minstrel stage and which often served as the show's finale.
  • Clogging is a fast-paced dance with a lot of high-stepping and heel-kicking.
  • The marching band was known for its vigorous, high-stepping style.
  • Victoria drawn by a pair of high-stepping bays, and presently by way, as it was.

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