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stag line

the men at a social gathering who are not accompanied by a date or dancing partner.
Origin of stag line
An Americanism dating back to 1915-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Instead of going directly to the punch bowl, you should turn your steps toward the "stag line."

    Perfect Behavior Donald Ogden Stewart
  • She came to the stag line, ignoring a sequence of invitations, and asked him to dance.

    Gladiator Philip Wylie
  • Take your place in the stag line and don't, under any circumstances, allow anyone to induce you to cut in on any of the dancers.

    Perfect Behavior Donald Ogden Stewart
  • "And they'll work up a stag line with him for to-morrow night," said Minga.

    Under the Law Edwina Stanton Babcock
  • Half unconsciously he took a step out from the stag line in her direction, and hesitated.

    Flappers and Philosophers F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Watts, with a sort of boyish pride, saw the wondering, derisive glance of the important "stag line" as they slid by.

    Under the Law Edwina Stanton Babcock
Slang definitions & phrases for stag line

stag line

noun phrase

The group of unescorting males at a dance, thought of as a line beside the floor, studying the women as possible dance partners (1934+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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