One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Do one's utmost to please someone by attending to all possible needs or requests.
homage, deference, obedience, suit, courtship, blandishments, respects, attention, addressescurry favour with, make up to, play up toView synonyms
- ‘If you're so concerned, why don't you stop dancing attendance on the man and go your own way?’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’’
- ‘There was no post for him there, however, so he moved on to Paris and danced attendance on various members of the nobility.’
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