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tan·go / ˈtang/ • n. (pl. -gos) 1. a ballroom dance originating in Buenos Aires, characterized by marked rhythms and postures and abrupt pauses. ∎  a piece of music written for or in the style of this dance, typically in a slow dotted duple rhythm. 2. a code word representing the letter T, used in voice communication by radio. • v. (-goes, -goed) [intr.] dance the tango. PHRASES: it takes two to tango inf. both parties involved in a situation or argument are responsible for it.

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tango. Argentinian dance, possibly imported into America by African slaves, perf. by couples at slow walking pace to mus. in simple duple time and with dotted rhythm like habanera. Became popular ballroom dance after 1907. Some composers have used the tango in their works, e.g. Walton, in his suite Façade, and Stravinsky.

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tango Ballroom dance that originated in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in the late 19th century. Developed from Argentinian milonga, it was a ballroom favourite in Europe and the USA by 1915. It is characterized by quick, long strides and rapid reversals of direction on the balls of the feet.

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tango XX. — Amer. Sp. (locally, dance and music for this, and instrument of the tambourine kind).

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