trip the light fantastic toe

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v trip the light fantastic toe move in a pattern; usually to musical accompaniment; do or perform a dance "My husband and I like to dance at home to the radio"
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Usage

In literature:

Come, and trip it as you go, On the light, fantastic toe.
"Familiar Quotations" by Various
Several of the ladies as well as the men were tripping the "light fantastic toe" in moccasins.
"Lippincott's Magazine, November 1885" by Various
They are extremely fond of "tripping it on the light fantastic toe;" and their dance is peculiar.
"Odd People" by Mayne Reid
I thought all of you would be tired after tripping the light fantastic toe almost into Sunday morning.
"At Boarding School with the Tucker Twins" by Nell Speed
Next to singing, their favourite pastime is, to "trip the light fantastic toe," and at this sport they are indefatigable.
"Antigua and the Antiguans, Volume II (of 2)" by Anonymous
I had never been taught to "trip the light fantastic toe" and the figures I cut that day were more continuous than graceful.
"Under the Stars and Bars" by Walter A. Clark
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In poetry:

Come, tripping, tripping, tripping, oh,
On the light fantastic toe;
And we'll tread the royal measure,
Down the aisles of wit and pleasure,
Gilding softly, sweetly so,
On the nimble, nimble toe.
"Ella's Dance" by Samuel Alfred Beadle