Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A horse that lifts its feet high from the ground.
- n. Hence A person having a dashing or showy walk or bearing.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. colloq. A horse that moves with a high step or proud gait; hence, a person having a proud bearing.
- n. a horse trained to lift its feet high off the ground while walking or trotting
“Meanwhile, that other animated high-stepper still in the markeptlace?”
“Though old and lean, Billy is a high-stepper and quick of foot; he never trips nor stumbles.”
“He was not stepping high or jaunty, and Gus was usually a high-stepper, in the mornings.”
“We are like a horse that has been trained to be a "high-stepper.”
“Once I run with a high-stepper from Bowlin 'Green, Kentucky, and she told me better nor that," he explained.”
“Most fellers isn't so oneasy about a sister-in-law, but I reckon this one is different, being report says she's a high-stepper, said Walker, as he grinned at”
“A trick is always so low that a high-stepper can walk right over it.”
“One's a high-stepper -- regular society -- was engaged to the patient and now acts as if she'd married him; and the other -- well, perhaps you can make her out; I can't.”
“Our chosen driver replied to this by saying that he wouldn't be caught dead at a pig fair with Dan Ryan's horse, but in the midst of all the distracting discussions and arguments that followed we held to our original bargain; for we did not like the look of Dan Ryan's high-stepper, who was a 'thrifle mounTAIny,' as they say in these parts, and had a wild eye to boot.”
“His patched jacket kept the head of the classes, and his stubby-toed shoes marched up every month to get the ticket, and he had helped more than one heavy-witted "high-stepper" through conditions that threatened to put him out of the race.”
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