pas de deux

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loan term from French

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pas de deux (plural pas de deux)

  1. (dance) A dance performed by two dancers.
    • 1845, Charles Dickens, Pictures From Italy, ch. 4:
      The way in which they dance . . . the final passion of a pas-de-deux; and the going off with a bound!—I shall never see a real ballet, with a composed countenance again.
    • 1921, Margaret Pedler, The Lamp of Fate, ch. 5:
      The Russian was a beautiful youth, like a sun-god with his flying yellow locks and glorious symmetry of body, and the pas de deux between him and Magda was a thing to marvel at.
    • 2003 Nov. 19, Richard Corliss, "That Old Feeling: The Show at the Casino," Time:
      But at the end of the show, as two senior citizens are brought from the audience to dance together — first tentatively, then springing into a graceful acrobatic pas de deux — we realize that the human body's most sensuous organ is the head.
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