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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

  (humorous)
to dance There I was, tripping the light fantastic in a sequinned ballgown.
See take a stroll down memory lane, roll off the tongue
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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

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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Shine on: Trip the light fantastic with this handblown glass lantern, pounds 80, at Bhs branches - a great alternative to a chandelier
Sophie's third album, Trip The Light Fantastic, is filled with signature dance nuggets, inspired by the changes in her life.
LIGHT is also the main attraction of Trip The Light Fantastic, the latest attraction at the National Glass Centre in Sunderland.
No, but really, we should all trip the light fantastic to lift our mood and put a smile on everybody's face.
Waiters sang a la the Modernaires and celebrities came in to eat dinner and trip the light fantastic to a band whose members wore white suits and played white instruments.
DOZENS of dancers aged from two to 22 will trip the light fantastic at Bedworth Civic Hall as part of a charity show in aid of Coventry Myton Hospice Appeal.
TRIP the light fantastic - with a break in brilliant Blackpool.
In these catwalk creations she stepped out with husband and dancing partner James to trip the light fantastic.
Visitors will be able to trip the light fantastic at the event, to be held at Fentham Hall, Marsh Lane, Hampton, at 7.
After three years away raising her first child, Sonny, with husband Richard Jones (bassist with The Feeling), the multimillion selling indie/disco-straddling queen is back with a swish new album, Trip The Light Fantastic.
After taking time out to marry Richard Jones, the bass player with The Feeling, and give birth to son Sonny, she's now finished her third album, Trip The Light Fantastic, which she says is an invitation to dance.
1994: Liverpool was set to trip the light fantastic by hosting the world's most stunning illuminations festival at Albert Dock.