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dance card

a card listing, in order, the names of the partners with whom a woman has agreed to dance at a formal ball or party.
Origin of dance card
An Americanism dating back to 1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He took the dance card out of his pocket and looked at it again.

    Cheerful--By Request Edna Ferber
  • As they neared the picturesque figure, King Lear bowed low before Patty, and held out his hand for her dance card.

    Patty's Social Season

    Carolyn Wells
  • When you looked Josephines dance card over early in the evening you failed to put your name down for more than one dance number.

    Mason of Bar X Ranch Henry Bennett
  • New Yorkers are sensible, if only for this reason, for having banished the dance card.

    The Complete Bachelor Walter Germain
  • “She had her dance card full and was splitting her waltzes,” supplied Mary, who was just back from an afternoon at Winsted.

    Betty Wales Freshman

    Edith K. Dunton
  • "Please don't," begged Belle suddenly, gripping her dance card tightly.

Contemporary definitions for dance card

a list of activities that one is involved in's 21st Century Lexicon
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Slang definitions & phrases for dance card

dance card

noun phrase

A putative list of priorities, engagements, etc: Kissinger's dance card that week included a party for Margaret Thatcher/ Suddenly, the Iraqi leader had maneuvered himself to the top of Mr. Clinton's dance card (1980s+)

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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