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trip the light fantastic

To dance. Taken from the John Milton poem L'Allegro: "Come and trip it as ye go / On the light fantastic toe." Of course, the best part of a wedding is when everyone trips the light fantastic into the wee hours of the morning.
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trip the light fantastic

Jocular to dance. Shall we go trip the light fantastic?
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trip the light fantastic

Dance, as in Let's go out tonight and trip the light fantastic. This expression was originated by John Milton in L'Allegro (1632): "Come and trip it as ye go, On the light fantastick toe." The idiom uses trip in the sense of "a light, tripping step," and although fantastick was never the name of any particular dance, it survived and was given revived currency in James W. Blake's immensely popular song, The Sidewalks of New York (1894).
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trip the light fantastic

dance. humorous
This expression comes from the invitation to dance in John Milton 's poem ‘L'Allegro’ ( 1645 ): ‘Come, and trip it as ye go On the light fantastic toe’.
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trip the light fantastic

To dance.
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trip the light fantastic

Dance. The phrase comes from John Milton's poem “L'Allegro”: “Come and trip it as ye go / On the light fantastic toe.” “Trip” did not mean to stub your toe and fall. On the contrary it meant “to move lightly and nimbly.”
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Fantastic literature is a troublesome genre to say the least.
Yet classifying episodes as fantastic based upon modern conceptions of what is real and what is not is inadequate when analysing many medieval narratives.
More precisely, during "the process of negotiation which is both translation and the writing of fiction," Capriolo makes space for herself out of Mann's (74), by using the fantastic space of the hotel to blur the distinct limitations of gender roles and representation, and to integrate female voice and creation into literature, without denying, though, the overwhelming influence of the maleauthored canon.
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I clicked with the family dynamic," Aguirre-Sacasa explains, likening his relationship with his brother to that of Fantastic Four teammates the Thing and the Human Torch.
Fantastic Four: Unthinkable is my favorite comic book storyline of 2003.
Studies such as the Italian Remo Ceserani's Il fantastico (1995) still see Todorov's work as seminal, even when they question the reductive force of seeing the fantastic as a catalog of textual mechanisms.
The Travel Fair, which will be held in the Town Square, will give visitors the chance to see a fantastic range of holidays at fantastic prices, many of which are exclusive to the Travel Fair and will only be valid for three days.
Fantastic Foods Big Bowl of Noodles and Hot and Sour Soup can be replaced with any soup/entree cup providing 250-300 calories/cup; however, women should choose any soup/entree cup providing at least 8% of the DV for iron per serving, such as Health Valley Pasta Italiano Soup or Health Valley Lentil with Couscous Soup.
Camp Fantastic is designed to help campers shift their focus from cancer to summer fun.
Galileo and Fantastic Light are set for a titanic rematch when both horses were among ten five-day entries for the Ireland The Food Island Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown.
In my mind, however, the text balances between realistic explanations of Beloved's presence (she is an escaped slave woman who has been sexually abused by a white man) and supernatural ones (she is Sethe's dead child come back to haunt her), and is therefore an excellent example of what Tzvetan Todorov has called the fantastic.
Originally collected in two volumes in 1983 in Italy, Calvino's Fantastic Tales, available for the first time in English and in one volume, is a wondrous guide for getting lost, showing us through a land that at first seems like solid, empirical reality, but always ends in a bizarre transformation of the expected.
In his introduction to Fantastic Tales: Visionary and Everyday, Italo Calvino notes a "triumphant resurgence" of the fantastic tale, offering the explanation that in such writings we recognize "the modern dimension of the fantastic.