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1802, from quick (adj.) + step (n.). From 1906 as a verb. Related: quick-stepped; quick-stepping.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for quick-step

Historical Examples of quick-step

  • The transition from the "Dead March" to the quick-step was quite too sudden.

    The Recollections of A Drummer-Boy

    Harry M. Kieffer

  • A quick-step, taken from the start, gave the party a gentle jolting, just sufficiently softened by the padded carriage upholstery.

    The Incendiary

    W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy

  • Allegretto energicamente, two-four, a merry, quick-step movement of two eight-bar periods.

    Nicolo Paganini: His Life and Work

    Stephen Samuel Stratton

  • The French, reinforced by the whole Sixth Corps, now came forward at a quick-step.

  • All my previous ideas of men marching to war have had a touch of heroism, crudely expressed by quick-step and smart uniforms.