- to dance the turkey trot.
- a round dance, danced by couples, properly to ragtime, the step being a springy walk with little or no bending of the knees, and accompanied by a swinging motion of the body with shoulder movements up and down.
Origin of turkey trot
An Americanism dating back to 1830–40
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Examples from the Web for turkey-trot
She was so advanced, the styles had fairly to trot, or turkey-trot, to keep up with her.Nothing But the Truth
Frederic S. Isham
There was general agreement that it was high time to turkey-trot again.
Also she whistled, and did a quiet suspicion of a turkey-trot with her feet.The Penalty
The very names of the dances were atrocious—bunny-hug, Texas Tommy, grizzly bear, turkey-trot.
It was finally agreed that they were to lunch late, take a little spin round town, and then turkey-trot again in the afternoon.
- an early ragtime one-step, popular in the period of World War I