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[hahy-step-ing] /ˈhaɪˈstɛp ɪŋ/
seeking unrestrained pleasure, as by frequenting night clubs, parties, etc.; leading a wild and fast life:
a high-stepping young crowd.
(of a horse) moving with the leg raised high.
Origin of high-stepping
First recorded in 1840-50
Related forms
high-stepper, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for high-stepper
Historical Examples
  • See how they lift their feet, and go along like a high-stepper of a horse.

  • A trick is always so low that a high-stepper can walk right over it.

    Old Gorgon Graham George Horace Lorimer
  • It was a pretty good price, but it was a high-stepper, a flyer, a beauty.

    The Golden Censer John McGovern
  • We are like a horse that has been trained to be a "high-stepper."

    Humanly Speaking Samuel McChord Crothers
  • Our stove was a high-stepper, with long bent legs, and bore its oven on its back as a dromedary his hump.

    A Pioneer Mother Hamlin Garland
  • The horse was a high-stepper, such as are not to be bought for a song; the turn-out was at the first glance perfect.

    Hodge and His Masters Richard Jefferies
  • My, wasnt she a high-stepper, purty as they make em; but her hair couldnt shine along o Besss here.

    In Wild Rose Time Amanda M. Douglas
British Dictionary definitions for high-stepper


a horse trained to lift its feet high off the ground when walking or trotting
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