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cut capers

Also,cut a caper. Frolic or romp, as in The children cut capers in the pile of raked leaves. The noun caper comes from the Latin for “goat,” and the allusion is to act in the manner of a young goat clumsily frolicking about. The expression was first recorded in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night (1:3): “Faith, I can cut a caper.”
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  • Never dance la cuisinire, that is to say, do not cut capers.

    The Comic English Grammar Percival Leigh
  • And you won't kick up, and rear up and cut capers, like a horse?

    The Red Moccasins Morrison Heady
  • For Toddy, Alresca was simply an individual who sang and cut capers.

    The Ghost Arnold Bennett
  • I had to choose: cut capers and be followed, or walk in dignity, ignored.

    Paul Kelver Jerome Klapka, AKA Jerome K. Jerome
  • With a pole he had stepped aboard, and then proceeded to "cut capers."

    The Chums of Scranton High

    Donald Ferguson
  • Then throwing aside his crutches, he began to cut capers, as if nothing ailed him, to the still greater amazement of the negro.

    The Exemplary Novels of Cervantes Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  • Like the Yankee Noodle, he cut capers that had no intelligible meaning in them, just to make people stare.

  • They dress him up in a clown's costume, and order him to cut capers, turn and twist and bow, and kill—he does it all submissively.

  • "Dancing-masters" were those who taught their scholars to cut capers by running swords through their legs.

  • They cut capers, take leaps of the easiest kind, climb up the trunk of a tree which a child three years old might climb.

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