tap dance


: a step dance tapped out audibly by means of shoes with hard soles or soles and heels to which taps have been added
: something suggesting a tap dance
especially : an action or discourse intended to rationalize or distract
does a clever tap dance to explain Campbell Geeslin
tap-dance intransitive verb
tap dancer noun
tap dancing noun

Examples of tap dance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The whole episode is about the tap dance these characters have to do in order to fund news coverage. Gerrad Hall, EW.com, 7 June 2024 This production is also buoyed throughout by strong tap dance scenes, especially two solos from Izaiah Montaque Harris as Eddie Ryan. Christopher Smith, Orange County Register, 30 May 2024 People haul out a piano and play it underneath the arch for those great acoustics, people tap dance, people will busk. Sarah Bahr, New York Times, 18 May 2024 In the new staging the character of Tristan is an East Londoner — as is Essiedu – who woos Connie with dance moves inspired by rappers Childish Gambino and Tyler, the Creator, while original Tristan performed an Irish tap dance. Kalia Richardson, Rolling Stone, 30 Mar. 2024 There’s a showstopping sequence in the first act in which Clyde Alves, as Jimmy’s Italian best friend, Tommy, leads a tap dance atop the steel beams of a skyscraper under construction. Vulture, 26 Apr. 2023 Both brothers were key figures in the revival of tap dancing through their teaching, performing and personal connection to greats of the past. Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times, 2 Jan. 2024 In the 1980s, this relationship between jazz music and tap dance began resurfacing in public ways across New York and Los Angeles. Brynn Shiovitz, Los Angeles Times, 11 Dec. 2023 Trump's tap dance — touting Operation Warp Speed's success at developing vaccines while criticizing vaccine use — is emblematic of how pandemic politics are intensifying broader vaccine politics. Darius Tahir, CBS News, 20 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1928, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of tap dance was in 1928

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“Tap dance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tap%20dance. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

tap dance

: a dance tapped out loudly by means of shoes to which taps have been added
tap-dance verb
tap dancer noun
tap dancing noun

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