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fox-trot

[foks-trot] /ˈfɒksˌtrɒt/
verb (used without object), fox-trotted, fox-trotting.
1.
to dance a fox trot.
Origin of fox-trot
1915-1920
First recorded in 1915-20

fox trot

noun
1.
a social dance, in quadruple meter, performed by couples, characterized by various combinations of slow and quick steps.
2.
a pace, as of a horse, consisting of a series of short steps, as in slackening from a trot to a walk.
Origin
An Americanism dating back to 1870-75
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  • Then I went over to the victrola and set it going in a fox-trot, one of my favorites.

    Possessed Cleveland Moffett
  • It was no fox-trot, nor yet so fast as the Derby record, but most excellent for a mule.

  • Never thought you were going to fox-trot backwards all over the fairway.

    Indiscretions of Archie P. G. Wodehouse
  • One-step, fox-trot and a Lulu Fado followed in smooth succession.

    A Man's Hearth Eleanor M. Ingram
  • "I think it's what they call a fox-trot," remarked Gordon, doubtfully.

    A Top-Floor Idyl

    George van Schaick
  • They set out at a fox-trot, continuing their southwesterly direction.

    Bred of the Desert Marcus Horton
  • When the band paused he clapped like a child for another dose of fox-trot.

    Mr. Prohack

    E. Arnold Bennett
  • Since then I've had five lessons, and I can fox-trot in my sleep.

    His Family Ernest Poole
  • She taught Flo to dance the fox-trot and got Glenn to dance with her.

  • By this time he was able to pull through on the one-step and the canter waltz, but his great success was the fox-trot.

    The Bachelors William Dana Orcutt
Word Origin and History for fox-trot

fox trot

n.

also fox-trot, foxtrot, "pace with short steps," such as a fox's, 1872, from fox (n.) + trot (n.). As a type of popular dance, from 1915.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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