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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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  • A moment later, being unguided, she seemed to change her mind, and did a sort of waltz and two-step combined.

    For the Honor of Randall Lester Chadwick
  • At the piano in the gymnasium a girl was playing a two-step.

    Blue Bonnet in Boston Caroline E. Jacobs
  • He dragged Dick over to a big blonde and left them introduced and waiting for a two-step.

    The Lash Olin L. Lyman
  • "Now then, you concertina boys, give us a two-step," he called out.

    A Lively Bit of the Front Percy F. Westerman
  • They had brought the two-step amplifier and proposed to use that for most of their listening in, rather than the headphones.

  • One might as well have tried to waltz or two-step on the sands of the seashore.

    A Quarter-Back's Pluck Lester Chadwick
  • They had danced the two-step together, and with stupor he had found himself led.

    Caybigan James Hopper
  • This is followed by four measures of the two-step and the whole is repeated at will.

    The Fascinating Boston Alfonso Josephs Sheafe
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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