tap dance

noun

Definition of tap dance

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

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Other Words from tap dance

tap-dance \ ˈtap-​ˌdan(t)s How to pronounce tap-dance (audio) \ intransitive verb
tap dancer noun
tap dancing noun

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Malone is now knee deep in dirty, swampy blues that both calls back to the masters of the genre while simultaneously tap dances across the line into roots rock territory. Chip Mccabe, courant.com, "One can’t-miss band for every day at The Big E," 3 Sep. 2019 Cooks get to tap dance over to the stove, throwing a dash of this or a splash of that over their shoulder into a pot of simmering dinner. Joy Wilson, Washington Post, "Get Voraciously’s Baking Basics newsletter and learn the techniques that make baking a piece of cake," 10 Sep. 2019 Tappers group recruiting dancers The Toe Tappers are seeking tap dancers ages 55 and older who are interested in performing with a senior tap dance troupe. San Diego Union-Tribune, "‘Newcomers’ visit Pendleton’s Mechanized Museum....'Take a Swing for Seniors’ raises $180K," 5 Sep. 2019 Coming into this season, the Giants organization is asking Shurmur to do a similar version of the tap dance that Ben McAdoo was unable to maintain when he was fired in the middle of his second season. Conor Orr, SI.com, "Pat Shurmur Is Handling the Giants’ Complicated Quarterback Situation ... Well?," 23 Aug. 2019 Lane Alexander has spent the majority of his career fighting like hell for tap dance. Lauren Warnecke, chicagotribune.com, "Did you know? Chicago is a tap hotbed, and CHRP’s ‘Rhythm World’ is the week to see it," 21 July 2019 NORTH COUNTY Toe Tappers troupe recruiting dancers The Toe Tappers are seeking tap dancers older than 55 who are interested in performing with a senior tap dance troupe. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Volunteers repair trails at Gonzalez Canyon," 22 July 2019 The 29th edition of Rhythm World — touted as the world’s oldest and largest American tap dance festival — kicked off Monday with a customary jam session at the Jazz Showcase, a legendary listening room founded by Joe Segal in 1947. Lauren Warnecke, chicagotribune.com, "Did you know? Chicago is a tap hotbed, and CHRP’s ‘Rhythm World’ is the week to see it," 21 July 2019 Another of the highlights of the first week of Arts & Ideas 2019 is Dorrance Dance, a modern dance troupe that gives the traditional art of tap dancing a modern twist. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "Arts & Ideas: We help you pick from the hundreds of concerts, shows, talks and tours," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of tap dance

1928, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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tap dance

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tap dance

: a kind of dance in which you wear special shoes with metal plates on the heels and toes and make tapping sounds with your feet

tap-dance

verb
\ ˈtap-ˌdans\
tap-danced; tap-dancing

Kids Definition of tap-dance

: to perform a tap dance

Other Words from tap dance

tap-dancer noun

tap dance

noun

Kids Definition of tap dance

: a kind of dance featuring loud tapping sounds from shoes with metal plates on the heels and toes

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