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rock steady

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noun
  1. the style of vocalized Jamaican popular music that succeeded ska and preceded reggae in the 1960s, influenced by American soul music and having a more upbeat tempo with emphasis on electric bass and guitar rather than on horns.

Origin of rock steady

First recorded in 1965–70
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Examples from the Web for rock steady

Historical Examples

  • His eyes had a metallic glitter and his hand was rock-steady.

    Turnover Point

    Alfred Coppel

  • They were trembling now, not rock-steady as when they held the musket on the balcony at La Granja.

    The Firebrand

    S. R. Crockett

  • Carolyn reached out, brushed a windswept tuft of hair from above the rock-steady eyes that looked at her.

    Next Door, Next World

    Robert Donald Locke

  • Rock-steady the muzzle came down and covered the first indistinct brown bulk which entered the notch of the sights.


British Dictionary definitions for rock steady

rock steady

noun
  1. a type of slow Jamaican dance music of the 1960s
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