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1. noun A style of tap dance that uses soft-soled shoes, as opposed to ones with hard metal soles. This phrase can refer to an actual choreographed dance or to a shuffling movement that vaguely resembles it. Thank goodness my sister finally does the soft shoe now—I was so sick of listening to her bang around in her hard tap shoes! Once I realized the boss was on a call, I did a soft shoe back out of her office.
2. verb To perform such a dance or movement. Thank goodness my sister finally soft shoes now—I was so sick of listening to her bang around in her hard tap shoes! Once I realized the boss was on a call, I soft shoed back out of her office.
3. verb By extension, to do something carefully and skillfully. Once the boss made it clear that we were not going to accept the settlement, I soft shoed onto our alternatives.
See also: shoe, soft
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But whatever happens, and even without the soft-shoe shuffle, McCarthy has already got Wolves fans dancing in the aisles.
That said, the crowd of 40-plus somethings inside Symphony Hall had a ball as one of the stalwart bands of the 80s took a soft-shoe shuffle through their repertoire of hits.
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As I recall, the show got more laughs than it deserved, mostly due to Buddy, and when he did his curtain call he broke into a soft-shoe routine.
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As work on the Santa number resumes, Nicholaw begins with a casual soft-shoe routine that gradually builds into a raucous floor-pounding display of Santa angst.
Sergeant's soft-shoe shuffle was just about passable, unfortunately it was exactly the same as his tango, foxtrot, quickstep and jive.
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The dilemma now is that Mr Blair's soft-shoe shuffle of the lower ranks means the spotlight will remain on those Cabinet members considered lucky to keep their jobs.
Elegant soft-shoe dancing to slower, more understated music, as epitomized by Charles "Honi" Coles (1911-1992) and Charles "Cholly" Atkins (1913-2003), became a popular contrast to hyperenergetic numbers.