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langarm, adjective, adverb, and noun

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AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, lang long + arm arm.
A. adjective Occasionally also lang arme (attributive). Of, in, or pertaining to a style of dancing, often accompanied by boeremusiek (sense 1), in which the dancing partners, with hands clasped, extend their leading arms horizontally and move rapidly round the dance-floor; long-arm.
1977 Dance with Meteors (record cover)The diamond city’s Meteors are falling stars with a difference for Kimberley’s ‘langarm’ dancing public have seen to it that they are here to stay.
1992 Weekend Post 9 May (Leisure) 1The hotel has the largest dance floor I have seen in many years — the old-fashioned langarm kind.
B. adverb In the dance style described above.
1982 D. Kramer Short Back & Sides 8I watched the grown-ups on a Saturday night dancing langarm across the sawdust floor and listened in awe to the squeal of the saxaphone, the slap of the double bass and the thud of the drums of the local jazz band.
1987 Informant, Jeffrey’s BayLet’s go langarm around the dance floor.
C. noun This dance-style. See also sakkie-sakkie noun sense b.
1994 Sunday Times 30 Jan. 34 (advt)Tiekiedraais and sakkie sakkie. When it’s time to skop ’n bietjie, wragtig there’s nothing like a boereorkes and a concertina to bring out the ‘vastrap’, ‘langarm’ or ‘tiekiedraai’ in you.
Of, in, or pertaining to a style of dancing, often accompanied by boeremusiek (sense 1), in which the dancing partners, with hands clasped, extend their leading arms horizontally and move rapidly round the dance-floor; long-arm.
In the dance style described above.
This dance-style.

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