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grand chain

a figure in formation dances, such as the lancers and Scottish reels, in which couples split up and move around in a circle in opposite directions, passing all other dancers until reaching their original partners
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  • There is a grand chain of mountains on the right, called the Charolais.

  • They played in a ring; the game resembled the grand chain in the Lancers.

    The Coming of the Fairies

    Arthur Conan Doyle
  • But you can so watch the grand chain of old volcanoes which are the rampart of Auvergne.

    First and Last H. Belloc
  • The high spirits of the set found a vent in the grand chain, which was just beginning.

    Royal Highness Thomas Mann
  • And who knows but that in other planets there are intelligences superior to us, forming more links in this grand chain?

    Letters of Peregrine Pickle George P. Upton
  • grand chain is a really remarkable novel, and no discriminating reader will overlook it.

  • Of the few cotillon figures danced in New York society, the grand chain is the most popular and the simplest.

    The Complete Bachelor Walter Germain
  • I shall content myself with some further reference to the central figure in this grand chain, the Puy de Dme itself.

  • The lady held out her jewelled hand as though she were taking some one else's hand in the grand chain.

    Rewards and Fairies Rudyard Kipling

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