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  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of cancan.


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  • Interesting to know that “les cancans” = gossiping ... which makes the link between "un canard" and a newspaper more obvious!

    canard - French Word-A-Day

  • All the petty troubles and worries of Cairo; the cancans, the intrigues, the silly reports of the envious and the jealous, with the buzz and sting of mosquitoes; the weary waiting; the visits of

    The Land of Midian

  • The pompous little beggars with puffed-out wattles and neck ruffs were positively doing cancans and two-steps along the prairie floor.

    The Prairie Wife

  • He liked to be told the secrets which washerwomen discover in the bosom of households, and day after day these girls would tell him the cancans which were going the round of Alencon.

    The Jealousies of a Country Town

  • The only difference is, that in the social pictures offered by what are called cities, the cancans are in the strongest light, and in the most conspicuous of the grouping, whereas in Paris they are kept in shadow, and in the background.

    Autobiography of a Pocket-Handkerchief

  • Paris is a town in which cancans do not usually flourish, their proper theatre being provincial and trading places, beyond a question; still there ARE cancans at Paris; for all sorts of persons frequent that centre of civilization.

    Autobiography of a Pocket-Handkerchief

  • Still there are cancans at Paris; and cancans we overheard, and precisely in the manner I have related.

    Autobiography of a Pocket-Handkerchief

  • During this time I had nothing to annoy me but the ceaseless _cancans_ of my passengers.

    Afloat and Ashore A Sea Tale

  • A soundtrack of Offenbach cancans and Strauss polkas underscores the mood of frivolity.

    Webster Blog


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