: a ballroom dance in ²/₄ or ⁴/₄ time having a basic pattern of step-close-step
: a piece of music for the two-step
two-step intransitive verb

Examples of two-step in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web What is nicer than holding a lovely lady in your arms and dancing a beautiful waltz or two-step together? Soumya Karlamangla, New York Times, 7 Feb. 2024 Beyond the horse race, there’s a bigger headline that deserves to be blared from Nevada: this too-cute-by-half two-step is far from what anyone would consider democratic (with a lowercase D). TIME, 6 Feb. 2024 The district attorney called on Venmo, Zelle and Cash App to adopt additional security measures, including imposing limits on transactions and requiring two-step verification. Jessica Hornig, ABC News, 29 Jan. 2024 With Rihanna front row, Dior turned to a two-step eye look which emphasized a smoky lash line. Essence, 26 Jan. 2024 The two-step landing sequence for SLIM involves a brief hover just over the landing site, followed by a 90-degree slip as the spacecraft settles onto the Moon's surface. Stephen Clark, Ars Technica, 19 Jan. 2024 The two-step deadline is an extension of the current deadline originally conceived by House conservatives to avoid a massive omnibus spending bill to fund the government. Kaia Hubbard, CBS News, 18 Jan. 2024 In Michigan, too, there are new party rules that set up a two-step process for picking up delegates; the change is widely seen as a pro-Trump move given his allies control the state political machinery and could summarily block rivals’ access to the process. TIME, 16 Jan. 2024 The replaceable blade knife uses a two-step release system to swap out a blade as needed. Kevin Brouillard, Travel + Leisure, 8 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1895, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of two-step was in 1895

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“Two-step.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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