To dance attendance
Dance Dance, v. t. To cause to dance, or move nimbly or merrily about, or up and down; to dandle. [1913 Webster]

To dance our ringlets to the whistling wind. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Thy grandsire loved thee well; Many a time he danced thee on his knee. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{To dance attendance}, to come and go obsequiously; to be or remain in waiting, at the beck and call of another, with a view to please or gain favor. [1913 Webster]

A man of his place, and so near our favor, To dance attendance on their lordships' pleasure. --Shak. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • dance attendance —    If you dance attendance on somebody, you are constantly available for that person and attend to their wishes.     She s rich and famous and expects everyone to dance attendance on her …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • dance attendance on someone — british phrase to behave like someone’s servant by being always ready to do what they ask you to do Thesaurus: to treat someone with great care or kindnesssynonym Main entry: dance …   Useful english dictionary

  • dance attendance on — ► dance attendance on try hard to please. Main Entry: ↑dance …   English terms dictionary

  • dance attendance — phrasal : to attend assiduously and obsequiously : be in waiting or at beck and call : court favor * * * dance attendance To wait assiduously (on) • • • Main Entry: ↑dance …   Useful english dictionary

  • dance attendance — phrasal to attend in an eager and servile manner < a celebrity used to having people dance attendance on him > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • dance attendance on somebody — ˌdance atˈtendance on sb idiom (BrE, formal) to be with sb and do things to help and please them Main entry: ↑danceidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • dance attendance on — chiefly Brit. do one s utmost to please (someone). → dance …   English new terms dictionary

  • dance attendance on someone — British to behave like someone s servant by being always ready to do what they ask you to do …   English dictionary

  • dance attendance on — (Roget s IV) v. Syn. wait on hand and foot, cater to, be subservient to, serve abjectly; see obey 1 , tend 1 …   English dictionary for students

  • dance attendance on — do one s utmost to please someone by attending to all possible needs or requests …   Useful english dictionary

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