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rock steady

the style of vocalized Jamaican popular music that succeeded ska and preceded reggae in the 1960s, influenced by American soul music and having a more upbeat tempo with emphasis on electric bass and guitar rather than on horns.
Origin of rock steady
1965-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Carolyn reached out, brushed a windswept tuft of hair from above the rock-steady eyes that looked at her.

    Next Door, Next World Robert Donald Locke
  • rock-steady the muzzle came down and covered the first indistinct brown bulk which entered the notch of the sights.

  • They were trembling now, not rock-steady as when they held the musket on the balcony at La Granja.

    The Firebrand S. R. Crockett
  • His eyes had a metallic glitter and his hand was rock-steady.

    Turnover Point Alfred Coppel
British Dictionary definitions for rock-steady

rock steady

a type of slow Jamaican dance music of the 1960s
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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