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a dance card

A list of the men that a woman has danced with at a dance, ball, or similar event. A: "Darn, I can't remember the name of that cute guy I danced with at the end of the night." B: "Didn't you write it on your dance card?"
See also: card, dance

dance card

A list of dance partners. Although the youth of today may find it hard to believe, there was a time when couples that went to a party or a dance danced with other people. This was especially true at proms, cotillions, and balls. In order for a woman, and not just the belle of the ball, to keep track of her partners, she entered their names on a dance card, a small booklet issued by the event's organizers that was attached to the wrist or dress with a thin cord. It was then up to the gentlemen to remember their partners for the evening (men often kept their own lists). As a marginally polite but pointed way to brush someone off, you might smile and say, “I'd love to, but my dance card is filled."
See also: card, dance
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Her dance card is full in the next coming months with upcoming performances in Australia, Spain, the U.S., and Canada, to name a few.
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Punch up your dance card while dancing with the stars and fill up on drinks with your ration card while you enjoy the show.
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Your dance card fills up and your grip on sanity and decorum begins to loosen.
Our dance card is pretty full already for January and February," Teahen told Wines & Vines.