from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Tap dancing performed while wearing shoes without metal taps.

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  • n. Alternative spelling of soft shoe.

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  • n. tap dancing wearing shoes that have soft soles


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  • And their condition only got worse earlier Monday when ABC News president Ben Sherwood began to do a soft-shoe during his news conference.

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  • Wide.8 min: A brilliant bit of skill from Zaha, who totally bamboozles Park with a soft-shoe shimmy, gets kicked on the shin and wins Palace a free-kick wide on the left.

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  • We were watching the news on Sunny's tiny black and white TV when she jumped from the loveseat and performed a soft-shoe routine to some melody that she boasted she had made up right there on the spot.


  • The pads of his feet may be rough, but inside he is a dandy, the desiccated leaves the equivalent of the carefully strewn sand of a soft-shoe dancer.

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  • Then suddenly Mr. Gengo broke into a soft-shoe dance.

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  • The soft-shoe and the sparing their feelings routine. . . these things simply don't work.

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  • I walk to the middle of my stage and do a little soft-shoe in the snow.

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  • So excuse me if I do quick soft-shoe shuffle as I write, for last week you joined David Thomson in his appreciation of the golden age of the MGM musical.

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  • Schwarz, however, was neither satisfied with the soft-shoe shuffle nor finished.



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  • Merriam-Webster Dictionary:


    Date: 1920

    : of or relating to tap dancing done in soft-soled shoes without metal taps

    February 4, 2008