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[too-step] /ˈtuˌstɛp/
a ballroom dance in duple meter, marked by sliding steps.
a piece of music for, or in the rhythm of, this dance.
verb (used without object), two-stepped, two-stepping.
to dance the two-step.
Origin of two-step
1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for two-step
  • Such devices actually employ a three-step process, not two-step as described.
  • First her eyes latch onto mine, then her head swings around in a mechanical two-step.
  • The two-step process helps account for why the molecule is so stable and why the process is easily reversible.
  • And he didn't explain the urgency of a two-step process and why it was necessary to risk default on the national debt.
  • But the truth is you'll blame yourself if you don't apply the two-step process and some day later get hacked.
  • Find a local to tell you about the traditions of that town, or ask them to show you how to dance a two-step.
  • Some coaches merely tolerate the schmooze-and-sell two-step of recruiting.
  • After the blood is drawn it goes through a two-step process.
  • In patients with cataracts and poorly controlled glaucoma, a two-step procedure for both eye conditions is needed.
  • To enable their computer system to learn from blogs, the team followed a two-step process.
British Dictionary definitions for two-step


an old-time dance in duple time
a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of such a dance
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for two-step

two shakes

noun phrase

A moment; a wink; a JIFFY: Hold it, I'll just be two shakes

[1883+; by 1840 in the form a couple of shakes]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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