war dance


Definition of war dance

: a dance performed (as by American Indians) in preparation for battle or in celebration of victory

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One of the students took off his shirt and the teens started to do a haka — a war dance of New Zealand’s indigenous Maori culture, made famous by the country’s national rugby team. Jeffrey Collins, The Seattle Times, "3 groups, many videos, many interpretations of D.C. encounter," 22 Jan. 2019 Its blue metal body lurches forward, only to be yanked backward again and again—a slapstick war dance for an unwinnable war. Andrea K. Scott, The New Yorker, "Fernando Palma Rodríguez’s Soulful, Unreliable Robots," 21 Apr. 2018 Banging on huge drums, for example, is the focus in Tonga, while Maori war dances take canter stage in New Zealand. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Polynesian Cultural Center: Explore the history of Hawaii and five more islands," 12 Apr. 2018 Peter Broelman, a local cartoonist wrote on Twitter, likening Mr. Joyce’s combative debating style to the ritual war dance New Zealand’s burly rugby players perform before kickoff. Rob Taylor, WSJ, "Kiwi Roots Threaten to Trip Up Australian Government," 14 Aug. 2017

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1711, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of war dance

: a dance performed in the past by Native Americans before a battle or to celebrate victory in battle

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