- to dance a fox trot.
Origin of fox-trot
First recorded in 1915–20
- a social dance, in quadruple meter, performed by couples, characterized by various combinations of slow and quick steps.
- a pace, as of a horse, consisting of a series of short steps, as in slackening from a trot to a walk.
Origin of fox trot
An Americanism dating back to 1870–75
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Examples from the Web for fox-trot
Then I went over to the victrola and set it going in a fox-trot, one of my favorites.Possessed
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</p>
George van Schaick
Word Origin and History for fox-trot
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