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dance attendance (up)on (someone)

To perform assiduously and obsequiously any task required or requested by someone. After earning his fortune, he now has servants constantly dancing attendance on him. He's always dancing attendance upon us so that we'll let him hang out with us.
See also: attendance, dance

be in attendance

To be present for something; to be at a particular event as it happens. Any of my students who are in attendance at tonight's lecture will get extra credit.
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take attendance

To review a list of people who are supposed to be in attendance and mark down who is actually present. Make sure you take attendance as soon as the bell rings, because it must be noted if a student is late.
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take attendance

to make a record of persons attending something. The teacher took attendance before starting the class. I will take attendance each day.
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dance attendance on

Wait on attentively and obsequiously, obey someone's every wish or whim. For example, He expected his secretary to dance attendance on him so she quit her job. This expression alludes to the old custom of making a bride dance with every wedding guest. In the 1500s it was used first to mean "await" an audience with someone, but by about 1600 it had acquired its present meaning. Also see at someone's beck and call.
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dance attendance on

do your utmost to please someone by attending to all their needs or requests.
The expression originally referred to someone waiting ‘kicking their heels’ until an important person summoned them or would see them.
1999 Shyama Perera I Haven't Stopped Dancing Yet Tammy and I sat on a vinyl bench seat and watched the visiting flow while Jan disappeared to dance attendance on her mother.
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be in atˈtendance

(formal) be present at a special event: Several heads of state were in attendance at the funeral.
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take atˈtendance

(American English) check who is present and who is not present at a place and mark this information on a list of names: The teacher took attendance at the beginning of every class.
See also: attendance, take

ˌdance atˈtendance on somebody

(British English, formal) do a lot of small jobs in order to please somebody: She always has an assistant dancing attendance on her.

dance attendance on

To attend to or try to please (someone) with eagerness or obsequiousness.
See also: attendance, dance, on

dance attendance on, to

To obey someone’s slightest whim or wish, to act as someone’s obsequious flunky. The term comes from the ancient custom of having the bride dance with every wedding guest, whether she wanted to or not. It has been used since the early sixteenth century, first in the sense of waiting for someone to grant an audience, as by John Skelton (Why Come Ye Not to Court? 1522), “And syr ye must daunce attendance . . . for my Lord’s Grace hath now no time nor space to speke with you as yet.” By Shakespeare’s time it had been extended to being at someone’s beck and call (“To dance attendance on their lordships’ pleasures,” HenryVIII, 5.2). It was a cliché by about 1700.
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4] It is observed that those who are low achievers had bad record as far as their attendance is concerned.
The smart attendance application for Android makes it easy for your employees to clock in their shifts.
In it, Estyn said the school monitors all pupils with attendance levels under 95% every four weeks.
Mr Jones commented on attendance by saying: "I would like children to come to school, because they really want to and so they can enjoy interesting, engaging lessons, a rich variety of extra-curriculum activities and fun time with their friends.
QAA person claiming Attendance Allowance must have been in need of care or supervision for six months before the award can begin.
The inspectorate calls on local authorities to facilitate the sharing of best practice, but warns that while attendance rates are improving, pupils in Welsh primary schools still miss more lessons than those in the rest of the UK.
The NFC based attendance system is another means to tackle conventional attendance system problems.
The new online attendance tool requires Aadhaar number.
Data analysis from the study revealed that teacher attendance had a significant impact on student learning.
Firth, Lawrence, and Looney (2008) showed, for example, that students' interest in class attendance was enhanced through the use of technology in lectures and the offering of other classes on learning topics that involved technology practices.
The Dodgers saw paid attendance drop a staggering 627,181 from 2010 and drew less than 3 million in paid attendance for the first time since 2000.
The Home Ministry has installed a biometric attendance control system to record the attendance of employees since September 2009.
The 2009 Lane County Fair appears to have produced a solid profit, fair manager Rick Reno said Thursday - regardless of the story told by attendance numbers.
BRITAIN'S racecourses fared much better than Ireland's in terms of attendance in the first half of this year, figures released to the Racing Post have revealed.
Synopsis: Weekly church attendance among Catholics dropped from 75% to 46% between the 1950s and 1990s, but has seemed to stabilize in the past decade.