slow drag


Definition of slow drag

: a popular dance in slow tempo originating in New Orleans in the late 19th century also : the ragtime music for such a dance The slow drag was mentioned throughout the ragtime period, but never in significant numbers. — Edward A. Berlin, Ragtime, 1980

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First Known Use of slow drag

1899, in the meaning defined above

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“Slow drag.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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