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


[hahy-step] /ˈhaɪˌstɛp/
verb (used without object), high-stepped, high-stepping.
to walk or run by raising the legs higher than normal.
verb (used with object), high-stepped, high-stepping.
to approach or step over by high-stepping.
1840-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Aileen always reminded Cowperwood of a high-stepping horse without a check-rein.

    The Financier Theodore Dreiser
  • Then he got up and, with grotesque Chinese high-stepping walk, came to him.

    Michael E. F. Benson
  • Then the high-stepping horses and the gaudy equipages were enough, as I thought, to dazzle the youthful mind.

  • She knew intuitively who was driving the high-stepping horse.

    The Woodcraft Girls at Camp Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • Antonia and Lopez, stately and handsome, came slowly; their high-stepping horses chafing at the restraint.

    Remember the Alamo Amelia E. Barr
  • "Rather a high-stepping young person, I thought," said Bellingham.

    The Quality of Mercy W. D. Howells
  • "That's a high-stepping filly you've brought with you," said he at length in a puzzled tone, and glanced round at Sallie again.

    The White Blackbird Hudson Douglas
  • I must tell you before I forget it about the friend with the high-stepping horses.

    Daisy Miranda Eliot Swan
  • Is not that his high-stepping mare and his beanpole of a figure riding beside Benito in yon cloud of dust?

    Port O' Gold Louis John Stellman
  • She was of that high-stepping and flamboyant type that captivates youth most surely.

    Zuleika Dobson Max Beerbohm

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