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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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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

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.
See also: attendance, take
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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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.
See also: attendance, dance, on
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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.
See also: attendance, dance, on
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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.
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

dance attendance on

To attend to or try to please (someone) with eagerness or obsequiousness.
See also: attendance, dance, on
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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.
See also: attendance, dance, to
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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A number of factors such as preference of self-study, lack of interest in subject, poor lecture content and teaching styles of the professors, lectures timings, transport issues, ill health, sleepiness and uncomfortable rapport with the teachers are other factors that have contributed to low class attendance.11 In the past studies, it was observed that those students who had high class attendance achieve higher academic performance in coursework and examinations then poor attendance.7,9,11 In some studies it was noted that a strict attendance policy plays a tremendous impact in reducing absenteeism.5,12 In Pakistan, this is a first study which evaluate the frequency of factors that affect lectures attendance of Dental undergraduates at private dental colleges in Karachi.
He said members of the board of governors, and parents had briefed deputy commissioner Usman Mehsud, who is also the board's chairman, about the poor attendance of teachers, which had resulted in dwindling education standards in the college, and recommended introduction of the biometric system to ensure 100 per cent attendance of teachers.
Secondary awards in both categories were given to the Bridge School in Hadley, for reduction in absence, and Burton Borough School in Newport for improved attendance.
Additionally, those who strive and fall short of reaching their attendance goal always have the opportunity to start over and try again, instead of feeling defeated and trapped in truancy.
Liverpool took part in the game with the highest attendance this season, 80,188 at Wembley in the 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in September.
Across the Premier League, Tottenham Hotspur come out on top when it comes to the highest topflight attendance for any one game this season, figures have revealed.
March 1, 2014 at Soldier Field: Blackhawks 5, Penguins 1 Attendance: 62,921
Mean CBL attendance was 13.09 +- 1.87 with the range of 6-15.
This rate is the lowest rate recorded by Marsad since October 2014, the same source indicated, pointing out that the MPs' attendance rate in October 2018 stands at 52%.
Regular Sunday attendance in the diocese has fallen to its lowest level on record, down from 12,700 on an average Sunday in 2016.
Faryal Talpur left the court soon after marking her attendance. Asif Ali Zardari reached the court late.
KARACHI -- Very low OPDs attendance was observed hospitals of both Sindh Health Department and Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) in the megacity, as compared to attendance of normal working days due to the ongoing protest and strike by religious parties.
The patient attendance at the out-patient departments of major hospitals including the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, Dr Ruth Pfau Civil Hospital Karachi, Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, National Institute of Child Health, National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases, Karachi Institute Heart Diseases, Lyari General Hospital and other hospitals remained very low, mainly due to the unavailability of public transport.