Definition of do-si-do in English:

do-si-do

Syllabification: do-si-do
Pronunciation: /ˌdō sē ˈdō
 
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(also dos-à-dos)

noun (plural do-si-dos)

  • (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.
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    • Not only will we not be cheek-to-cheek, you will not get so much as a do-si-do.
    • 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.
    • With a half-dozen pupils in the field, he's constantly being passed, do-si-do, from partner to partner on the range.

verb

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  • Dance a do-si-do.
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    • 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.
    • At last, she spoke, as they do-si-doed and began to weave in and out with the other couples.
    • They were avid square-dancers, often do-si-doing with fellow church members.

Origin

1920s: alteration of dos-à-dos.

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