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war dance

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  1. a dance preliminary to going into battle or in celebration of a victory, as formerly among American Indians.
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Origin of war dance

An Americanism dating back to 1705–15
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war dance

  1. a ceremonial dance performed before going to battle or after victory, esp by certain North American Indian peoples
  2. a dance representing warlike action
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