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Highland fling

fling (def 17).
Origin of Highland fling
First recorded in 1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • (He dances the Highland fling with grotesque antics) Leg it, ye devils!

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • He is longing for a chance, I am sure, and you give us the Highland fling.

  • Among European dances this warlike figure most resembles the Highland fling of Scotland.

    Life of Schamyl John Milton Mackie
  • Oh, that's nothing; next year they're going to have a horse who'll dance the Highland fling.

    Voces Populi F. Anstey
  • Sally's church gave an entertainment and called it for the orphans' fund, and she did the Highland fling on the stage.

    Emmy Lou's Road to Grace George Madden Martin
  • We shook hands in expression of delight and Buchan danced a Highland fling around the room.

  • Mr. Gladstone is the only other man who can make so many Scotsmen take politics as if it were the Highland fling.

    An Edinburgh Eleven

    J. M. Barrie
  • When it was interpreted they say old Abe danced a Highland fling, and hugged the Russians and danced all hands around.

  • The dancing was simple: it consisted chiefly of the Highland fling danced by the performer according to taste or imagination.

    The Buffalo Runners R.M. Ballantyne
  • His attention wanders to a Highland fling, which three small boys are dancing on a platform opposite.

British Dictionary definitions for Highland fling

Highland fling

a vigorous Scottish solo dance
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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