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[sawft-shoo, soft-] /ˈsɔftˈʃu, ˈsɒft-/
of, relating to, or characteristic of tap dancing done in soft-soled shoes, without taps.
Origin of soft-shoe
First recorded in 1915-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He heard the soft-shoe rhythm all the way down the corridor, out of the hospital, and clear back to the city.

    At the Post Horace Leonard Gold
  • But the airy attitude somehow failed to comfort—it was a little too much like trying to shuffle a soft-shoe clog on a new grave.

    Young People's Pride Stephen Vincent Benet
  • soft-shoe steps break into it here and there in unexpected ways and places, adding a pleasing variety to the menu.

British Dictionary definitions for soft-shoe


(modifier) relating to a type of tap dancing performed wearing soft-soled shoes: the soft-shoe shuffle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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