One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The action of performing on a rope stretched between two points at some height above the ground; tightrope walking.
That performs on a rope stretched between two points at some height above the ground.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Samuel Purchas. From rope + dancing. Compare quots. 1612 and 1620 at rope and also rope-walking<br>mid 18th century; earliest use found in untitled. From rope + dancing, after rope-dancing, rope-dancer, rope dance.
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