tap dance

noun
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:
probably earlier than 1925–30

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tap-dance

[tap-dans, -dahns]
verb (used without object), tap-danced, tap-dancing.
to perform a tap dance.

Origin:
1925–30

tap-dancer, noun
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tap dance
 
n
1.  a step dance in which the performer wears shoes equipped with taps that make a rhythmic sound on the stage as he dances
 
vb
2.  to perform a tap dance
 
'tap-dancer
 
n
 
'tap-dancing
 
n

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Example sentences
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.
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