nounUS , chiefly historical
A lively solo tap dance, typically done in wooden-soled shoes.
- Joplin was obviously familiar with virtuosic pianism, as well as the minstrels’ ‘plantation melodies,’ cakewalks, buck-and-wings and jigs, prior to his professional start in St. Louis in 1885.
- A buck-and-wing is a solo tap dance with many leg flings and leaps.
- A large, crowded party (without an audio track) thus sounds like a troop of chipmunks dancing a buck-and-wing in a thatched roof.
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