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high-stepping

[hahy-step-ing] /ˈhaɪˈstɛp ɪŋ/
adjective
1.
seeking unrestrained pleasure, as by frequenting night clubs, parties, etc.; leading a wild and fast life:
a high-stepping young crowd.
2.
(of a horse) moving with the leg raised high.
Origin of high-stepping
1840-1850
First recorded in 1840-50
Related forms
high-stepper, noun

high-step

[hahy-step] /ˈhaɪˌstɛp/
verb (used without object), high-stepped, high-stepping.
1.
to walk or run by raising the legs higher than normal.
verb (used with object), high-stepped, high-stepping.
2.
to approach or step over by high-stepping.
Origin
First recorded in 1840-50
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  • Then he got up and, with grotesque Chinese high-stepping walk, came to him.

    Michael E. F. Benson
  • She knew intuitively who was driving the high-stepping horse.

    The Woodcraft Girls at Camp

    Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • "Rather a high-stepping young person, I thought," said Bellingham.

    The Quality of Mercy W. D. Howells
  • I must tell you before I forget it about the friend with the high-stepping horses.

    Daisy Miranda Eliot Swan
  • I don't want another and I don't want any high-stepping Fifth Avenue dude.

    Making Money Owen Johnson
  • Lor' bless my soul, what a picture you'd make in the high-stepping act!

    The Woman's Way

    Charles Garvice
  • She was of that high-stepping and flamboyant type that captivates youth most surely.

    Zuleika Dobson Max Beerbohm
  • He felt quite happy driving his high-stepping horses over the good road.

    The Debtor Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • He was of a beautiful dark brown, and carried a high head and tail, with a high-stepping gait, that gave him a noble appearance.

    The Young Fur Traders R.M. Ballantyne
  • The busy road-way is crowded by a thousand turnouts, drawn by high-stepping horses.

    Foot-prints of Travel Maturin M. Ballou

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