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soft shoe

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.
Chicago-set pic abounds in rhythm-perfect soft-shoe exchanges, as Silverman takes romance-minded Garlin on a sexual roller-coaster, or grocery counterman Dan Castellaneta gently tries, for the umpteenth time, to wean Garlin from junk food.
Kevin and Me, 2000, finds McKenzie dancing again, this time a soft-shoe derived from Kevin Spacey's character in The Usual Suspects.
It would help, of course, if we could build up our scam detectors not just against phony sweepstakes but against slippery politicians as well as soft-shoe dancing advertisers.
And teachers have also adopted a soft-shoe shuffle in a bid to beat classroom chaos.
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.
Looking at Absteigende Heisse Strahlen (Descending Hot Rays), a quiet grisaille painting, one might imagine it describes a theatrical moment--a dancer doing a soft-shoe with a bucket over his head.
There's a scene in "Wicked" when the Wizard of Oz, who has been played up to this point with disarming eccentricity by Joel Grey, drops the soft-shoe act and reveals unexpected depths of malevolence.
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Sondheim's multi-toned spectrum brings many generous delights, from vaudeville-type soft-shoe numbers, brassy sock-it-to-them numbers (the raucous I'm still here from Carol Burnett's Carlotta), self-parodying melancholy (Elaine Strich as Hattie in Broadway Baby) and even hints of a wider source-book of composers admired by him.
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.
Now Strachan usually has plenty to say on any given subject, yet he has been strangely reticent on Phillips's impromptu soft-shoe shuffle.
So I watch with dismay his soft-shoe shuffle away from the most contentious issue of our times: the European single currency.
After Arsenal changed their shirts to a more recognizable yellow at half-time they soon found their range again and within seven minutes Henry tore away down the left, slid the ball into Kanu and the big Nigerian did one of his soft-shoe shuffles before sidefooting home.