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toyi-toyi

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Pronunciation: /ˈtɔɪtɔɪ/

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South African

Definition of toyi-toyi in English:

noun (plural toyi-toyis)

A dance step characterized by high-stepping movements, typically performed at protest gatherings or marches.

verb (toyi-toyis, toyi-toying or toyi-toyiing, toyi-toyied)

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Perform toyi-toyi dance steps: when the accused were brought back to court they were singing and toyi-toying

Origin

Ndebele and Shona; probably introduced into South Africa by ANC exiles returning from military training in Zimbabwe.

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