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tap dance

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 of tap dance
probably earlier than 1925-30


[tap-dans, -dahns] /ˈtæpˌdæns, -ˌdɑns/
verb (used without object), tap-danced, tap-dancing.
to perform a tap dance.
Related forms
tap-dancer, noun Unabridged
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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

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)
to perform a tap dance
Derived Forms
tap-dancer, noun
tap-dancing, noun
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Slang definitions & phrases for tap dance



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

  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+)
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