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dance around

verb phrase

To improvise, tergiversate, etc, in order to avoid a question or issue; tap dance: Larson dances around the real issue of gun control/ There's always an owner willing to cave in or dance around (1970s+)

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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  • And then we'll dance around him and—and then by and by—well, I suppose we'll have to let him go.

    The Rival Campers Ashore Ruel Perley Smith
  • Just watch once and see the silly jig they dance around a lamp.

  • Every bit of air was knocked out of his lungs, and black and red spots began to whirl and dance around before his eyes.

    Dave Dawson on Guadalcanal Robert Sydney Bowen
  • Am I to dance around here and sidestep and fence just for you to look on?

    Judith of Blue Lake Ranch Jackson Gregory
  • It is a dance around a centre, as is also (fig. 6) that from Idalium in Cyprus.

  • If she hopes to find a husband in the coming year, she will dance around a bonfire, then cast some pins into a bubbling fountain.

    Life on a Mediaeval Barony William Stearns Davis

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