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Dance attendance on do one's utmost to please someone by attending to all their requests.

dance of death a medieval allegorical representation in which a personified Death leads people to the grave, designed to emphasize the equality of all before death (see also danse macabre).

dance to someone's tune comply completely with someone's demands.

lead someone a merry dance cause someone a great deal of trouble or worry.

they that dance must pay the fiddler you must be prepared to make recompense for the provision of an essential service. (Compare he who pays the piper calls the tune.) The saying is recorded from the mid 17th century.

See also dancing dervishes at dervish, St Vitus's dance.

Subjects: Regional and National History.


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