buck and wing

  1. a tap dance derived in style from black and Irish clog dances, marked especially by vigorous hopping, flinging of the legs, and clicking of the heels.

Origin of buck and wing

An Americanism dating back to 1890–95
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Historical Examples of buck and wing

  • For he heard in there sounds pertaining to his own art—the light, stirring staccato of a buck-and-wing dance.

  • Whereupon two or three youngsters jumped out and performed a good imitation of a buck-and-wing dance.

    Negritos of Zambales

    William Allan Reed

  • Bottger insisted that the buck-and-wing and the double shuffle and other forms of jiggery were low.

  • Roland's heart executed the opening steps of a buck-and-wing dance.

    A Man of Means

    P. G. Wodehouse and C. H. Bovill

British Dictionary definitions for buck and wing

buck and wing

  1. US a boisterous tap dance, derived from Black and Irish clog dances
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