Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A dance by a single performer, who is required to execute a complicated figure, blindfolded, among a number of eggs, without touching them.

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Examples

  • "What the public accounts committee witnessed today was an egg-dance between her former department, the department of state expenditure, the state law adviser and the State Attorney," he said.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • NP, Van Schalkwyk said that up until two weeks ago the ANC had been doing an egg-dance on the bar-code issue, but "then suddenly they made a U-turn".

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • AUCKLAND had to execute a sort of diplomatic egg-dance; but he did it with consummate skill and temporarily satisfied everybody with the promise of a full statement upon trade policy so soon as Peace has been signed.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 156, June 4, 1919.

  • Being now reduced to the weapons of his mouth, he began bullying and cursing horribly: the lazy, worthless urchin, he said, would not do her duty; refused to perform the egg-dance, which he had promised to the public; he would beat her to death, and no one should hinder him.

    Chapter IV. Book II

  • Here the old Harper with Mignon should enter, and by the curiosity which they excited, gather several country people round them; the Harper would sing various songs in praise of peace, repose and joy; and Mignon would then dance the egg-dance.

    Chapter VI. Book III

  • You must remember that my lecture was a kind of egg-dance.

    The Life and Letters of Thomas Henry Huxley

  • The disease spread, the flags were multiplied, the operations of war became an egg-dance among miniature neutral territories; and though all men took a hand in these proceedings, all men in turn were struck with their absurdity.

    A Footnote to History Eight Years of Trouble in Samoa

  • Under the name of "Phyllis" she had earned, ere her limbs were stiffened by age, great applause by her dainty egg-dance and all sorts of feats with the balancing pole.

    Complete Project Gutenberg Georg Ebers Works

  • -- effect of influenza on personal appearance: the Romanes Lecture an egg-dance.

    Life and Letters of Thomas Henry Huxley — Volume 3

  • The DA said the government appeared to be engaged in a "silly egg-dance over detail in order to try and put a brave face on the

    ANC Daily News Briefing

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