One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1In dancing: the manner in which a person uses or moves the heels; this considered as an art or skill, especially the tapping or stamping of the heels to create a rhythmic sound (as in flamenco).
2The action or practice of walking with one's dog close to one's heel. Now frequently in heelwork to music: such steps or movement choreographed to music, with the dog and its handler in close synchronization; this as a competitive sport.
Mid 19th century (in an earlier sense). From heel + work.
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