from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Movements and evolutions performed in concert by a company of girls or ladies armed with fans.
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We could see the rhythmic motion of the fan-drill in the pews.
"Yes, I drilled the men as soldiers, in the afternoon, and she drilled them as captives, in the evening, at the ball; a modified fan-drill made them march to her orders.