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- noun A style of popular music characterized by a basic drum-beat, generally 4/4 riffs, based on (usually electric) guitar, drums, and vocals (generally with bass guitar). Generally used to refer to the 1950’s rock, and rock of its style, quite close to swing.
- noun Style of vigorous dancing associated with this 1950’s music.
- noun An intangible feeling, philosophy, belief or allegiance relating to rock music (generally from the 1970s–1980s), and heavy metal bearing certain elements of this music, pertaining to unbridled enthusiasm, cynical regard for certain Christian and authoritarian bodies, and attitudes befitting some degree of youthful debauchery. This meaning is sometimes used as an exclamation, in describing traits of certain people, and so on.
- noun UK (
rhyming slang) dole.
- verb To play rock and roll music.
- verb slang, euphemistic To
- verb To
start, commence, begin, get moving.
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- noun a genre of popular music originating in the 1950s; a blend of black rhythm-and-blues with white country-and-western
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From rock (move back and forth) + and + roll; originally a verb phrase common among African Americans, meaning "to have sexual intercourse"; it was a euphemism with a hidden meaning that appeared in song titles and dance styles since the early 1930’s. As a name for a specific style of popular music from c.1954, coined by disc jockey Alan Freed.
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