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trip the light fantastic

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  • v. To dance or to move rhythmically to musical accompaniment, especially in a graceful or nimble manner.

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  • v. move in a pattern; usually to musical accompaniment; do or perform a dance

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  • Also appears as "trip the light fantastic toe" in The Rape of the Lock, which clarified a lot.

    May 4, 2009

  • John Milton coined "the light fantastick" to describe dancing in 1632; the phrase became common coinage before being mangled, via the Spanish courtship waltz the fandango, into Procol Harum's "the light fandango" in their song A Whiter Shade of Pale.

    January 22, 2008

  • to dance nimbly or lightly

    January 22, 2008