One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in square dancing, and other country dancing) a figure in which two dancers pass around each other back to back and return to their original positions.
- ‘Not only will we not be cheek-to-cheek, you will not get so much as a do-si-do.’
- ‘It improbably and effectively twists a simple rural do-si-do rhythm into a creepy backdrop.’
- ‘If the articles do not reveal awareness of relevant prior work, then they are unlikely to constitute a step forward in our scholarly do-si-do.’
- ‘A reminder of this institutional do-si-do is the temple bell.’
- ‘With a half-dozen pupils in the field, he's constantly being passed, do-si-do, from partner to partner on the range.’
Dance a do-si-do.
- ‘Line up, grab your partners and do-si-do to the rousing sounds.’
- ‘Who is perceived as having the more grown-up job, someone who can diagnose, debate, or do-si-do?’
- ‘They were avid square-dancers, often do-si-doing with fellow church members.’
- ‘At last, she spoke, as they do-si-doed and began to weave in and out with the other couples.’
- ‘More than 500 children from the borough's primary schools do-si-doed to their hearts' content at the annual folk dance festival last Wednesday.’
1920s (originally US): alteration of dos-à-dos.
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