from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A dance consisting of elaborate figures.
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Some, brought up as mountebanks and ballet-dancers, were performing a figure-dance (he regretted to observe, that, of the fleas so employed, several were females); others were in training, in a small card-board box, for pedestrians, -- mere sporting characters -- and two were actually engaged in the cold-blooded and barbarous occupation of duelling; a pursuit from which humanity recoiled with horror and disgust.
 "On certain great occasions, the twelve Judges (who are generally between sixty and seventy years of age) sing the song and dance the figure-dance," etc.
Junius cannot manage a long sentence; it has all the 'ins' and 'outs' of a snappish figure-dance.
The _Cone_ is a figure-dance, in which they use particularly a string-instrument in the nature of
a theatre completely fitted up with pit, boxes, and gallery, and let us have a play entire from beginning to end; so as it be a German play, no matter what, with a good tricking, shifting afterpiece, and a figure-dance, and a hornpipe, and a song between the acts.