Definition of dance attendance on in English:

dance attendance on

phrase

British
  • Do one's utmost to please someone by attending to all their requests:

    ‘she's got that man dancing attendance on her’
    • ‘There was no post for him there, however, so he moved on to Paris and danced attendance on various members of the nobility.’
    • ‘A typical snipe observed: ‘He finds it absolutely impossible to grovel lower than he has, to further bait his race, to dance attendance on the Golden Calf, to sing the praises of those he loathes and hates and fears.’’
    • ‘It is odd how they happily dance attendance on unelected newspaper editors, television interviewers and City tycoons.’
    • ‘I do love you, Sue, though I have danced attendance on you so long for such poor returns!’
    • ‘Essex's determination not simply to dance attendance on his ageing sovereign captured the public imagination and won him a large following among soldiers.’
    • ‘If you're so concerned, why don't you stop dancing attendance on the man and go your own way?’
    homage, deference, obedience, suit, courtship, blandishments, respects, attention, addresses
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