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quickstep

[kwik-step] /ˈkwɪkˌstɛp/
noun
1.
(formerly) a lively step used in marching.
2.
music adapted to such a march, or in a brisk march rhythm.
3.
a lively step or combination of steps in ballroom dancing.
Origin of quickstep
1795-1805
First recorded in 1795-1805; quick + step
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  • A man who can hold his own with the Wuddars at their quickstep must be sound in wind and limb.

    The Day's Work, Volume 1 Rudyard Kipling
  • "Message just been signalled from the 'quickstep,' sir," reported Callaghan.

    The Dreadnought of the Air Percy F. Westerman
  • The mark-boat was rounded at the end of the first round by the 'quickstep' 14 mins.

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  • A little orchestra of musicians were reeling off a quickstep.

  • Do you mind very much, Mr. quickstep, if we sit out the rest of it?

  • Ollie Lord clapped a hand to his head and executed a quickstep.

    Frank Merriwell's Reward Burt L. Standish
  • "Let me look at it," said Richard, whose pulses were beginning to beat a quickstep.

    The President

    Alfred Henry Lewis
  • Promptly at eight o'clock Wednesday morning the quickstep got away from the dock.

    Cappy Ricks Peter B. Kyne
  • You'll have to send a new skipper up to bring the quickstep home, sir.

    Cappy Ricks Peter B. Kyne
  • You don't mean to tell me, sir, that you've given the quickstep to that rowdy Peasley?

    Cappy Ricks Peter B. Kyne
British Dictionary definitions for quickstep

quickstep

/ˈkwɪkˌstɛp/
noun
1.
a modern ballroom dance in rapid quadruple time
2.
a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance
verb -steps, -stepping, -stepped
3.
(intransitive) to perform this dance
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