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tap dance

noun
1.
a dance in which the rhythm or rhythmical variation is audibly tapped out with the toe or heel by a dancer wearing shoes with special hard soles or with taps.
Origin
1925-1930
probably earlier than 1925-30

tap-dance

[tap-dans, -dahns] /ˈtæpˌdæns, -ˌdɑns/
verb (used without object), tap-danced, tap-dancing.
1.
to perform a tap dance.
Origin
1925-30
Related forms
tap-dancer, noun
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Examples from the web for tap dance
  • He knew he had to do some literary tap dance, hence the dialogue.
  • But, with him, they are little more than the same old tap dance.
  • Anything less than a talking horse that can tap dance will be a disappointment.
  • The actor who plays the headwaiter within the movie welcomes the chance to step out of character and do a little tap dance.
  • They will prance and hop and tap dance and somersault, all for the chance to be devoured alive.
  • Most readers should be able to see through your fancy tap dance.
British Dictionary definitions for tap dance

tap dance

noun
1.
a step dance in which the performer wears shoes equipped with taps that make a rhythmic sound on the stage as he dances
verb (intransitive)
2.
to perform a tap dance
Derived Forms
tap-dancer, noun
tap-dancing, noun
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Slang definitions & phrases for tap dance

tap

noun

: Tap, also tap-off and tip-off. A jump ball. The center jump which begins the game (1980s+ Basketball)

verb
  1. To rob; burgle: Only chicks this guy taps? (1879+)
  2. To select; designate: When she was tapped for the job, Reno was in her 15th year as State Attorney for Dade County (1952+)
Related Terms

heeltap


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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