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1802, from quick (adj.) + step (n.). From 1906 as a verb. Related: quick-stepped; quick-stepping.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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  • The transition from the "Dead March" to the quick-step was quite too sudden.

  • A quick-step, taken from the start, gave the party a gentle jolting, just sufficiently softened by the padded carriage upholstery.

    The Incendiary W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
  • Allegretto energicamente, two-four, a merry, quick-step movement of two eight-bar periods.

    Nicolo Paganini: His Life and Work Stephen Samuel Stratton
  • The French, reinforced by the whole Sixth Corps, now came forward at a quick-step.

  • All my previous ideas of men marching to war have had a touch of heroism, crudely expressed by quick-step and smart uniforms.

  • The corps was then passed in review at a quick-step, company front.

    Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee (His Son) Captain Robert E. Lee
  • Then the orchestra played a quick-step strain, and the curtain rose on an interior furnished with two red chairs and a green sofa.

    McTeague Frank Norris
  • Thrice he crossed the empty form-room, with compressed lips and expanded nostrils, swaying to the quick-step.

    Stalky & Co. Rudyard Kipling

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