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  • n. Alternative spelling of cancan.


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  • The shows would feature “cowgirls” who did rope tricks, “cowboys” who played the guitar and sang, “scouts” who had knife throwing acts, and saloon girls who danced the can-can lifting their skirts high for the bored dads in the audience.

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  • But the honours for all-round accomplishment go to Amy Freston, whose coquettish Valencienne is vibrantly sung, and who dashes off a breathtaking can-can routine that concludes with the splits.

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  • Paris Hilton, who just celebrated her 30th birthday by pretending she was one of the can-can dancers in a Baz Luhrmann film, appeared last night on the "Late Show With David Letterman" and, after prompting from Mr. Letterman, shared her life plans.

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  • "If this rumour is true, I am proud because Aston Villa have been one of the big English clubs for several years," Tabanou has said, simultaneously performing a drunken celebrity can-can through the streets of Birmingham with Nigel Kennedy, Prince William and Lennie Godber from Porridge.

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  • He was the high-living dwarf painter, capturing the black stockinged legs of can-can dancers, young lovers, old roués, prostitutes, backstage secrets and lesbian clinches in posters and dynamic paintings.

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  • The dancer, with her eyes shut and lips slightly parted, is in the posture we associate with the can-can—except that her legs are at an awkward, anatomically almost impossible, position to each other.

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  • Arnold told me, Fifteen years ago when we first started, I'll never forget, the technology was kind of new and we had these nail tips at a show and little did we know that the designer told the models to grab their skirts and can-can on the runway.

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  • And being a good-natured, likeable pacifist, my friend appeasably laughed at Ace and Gary's calisthenics in Ambiguously Gay sexual positions, and the Ambiguously Gay penis-shaped car ramming into a brick-wall opening and even during the Ambiguously Gay "can-can dancing" punch-outs of the bad guys.

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  • The odor of success hangs over this delightful can-can romp -- pun-filled fun for the whole family!

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  • "You mean the can-can," she said, gently correcting him.

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