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dated A line of single men at a dance who do not have dates and who are waiting to ask women to dance with them. She sauntered into the dance hall in a stunning designer dress, catching the attention of every man in the stag line.
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n. a line of dateless men at a dance. The guys in the stag line looked so forlorn. She suddenly wanted to do something to make them all happy.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
Unattached men at a dance. Men who had no date for a dance but still wanted to go would stand along one wall and either ask unattached women to dance or cut in on a couple that was dancing. Going stag to a dance had no unpleasant connotation. Not so for unattached females, known as “wallflowers.” True or not, wallflowers were suspected of not being popular enough to attract a date.
Endangered Phrases by Steven D. Price Copyright © 2011 by Steven D. Price