One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A lively Spanish dance for two people, typically accompanied by castanets or tambourine.
- ‘As Beryl remarked afterwards, if only she'd had her castanets with her she'd have been rattling away and dancing a fandango.’
- ‘Other folk dances include the yuca, the sarambo, the zapateo, and the fandango.’
- ‘In a devised piece of theatre, dance and mime, The Shysters' cast of eight actors with learning disabilities present a love story set in the key of a fateful fandango.’
- ‘Think of castanets, foot stamping, tambourines and bright silk costumes and you have a picture of the fandango, a sexually provocative, very popular, Spanish dance.’
- ‘Jeanette MacDonald and Archie Leach, a chores boy who will soon be known as Cary Grant, dance a fandango in Boom Boom.’
2An elaborate or complicated process or activity.‘the Washington inaugural fandango’
- ‘We gazed at the sunset, a flame-grilled tropical sky, and watched the lights on the yachts glow, while somewhere behind us touring buskers were firing off a fandango of skirling tunes.’
- ‘We have pre-published books, ready to walk, talk and do the fandango several months before they actually hit the bookstores.’
- ‘Gamins, snappy in pinstripe suits and cross-culture printed silk, dress up for the evening like gypsies in a dizzy fandango of swirling, hand-painted silk ruffled skirts.’
- ‘The centre also has all the high-tech fandango - video analysis, man v ball machine - although, frankly, this is a place where the spa treatments are as important as the tennis itself.’
- ‘After two decades of surefooted dealmaking, he closed out his tenure with a bizarre fandango of wrongheaded acquisitions and strategic U-turns that devastated Tyco's share price even before his first indictment.’
Mid 18th century: Spanish, of unknown origin.
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