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[sha-sey or, esp. in square dancing, sa-shey] /ʃæˈseɪ or, esp. in square dancing, sæˈʃeɪ/ Dance.

a gliding step in which one foot is kept in advance of the other.
verb (used without object), chasséd, chasséing.
to execute a chassé.
one of a series of gliding steps in ballet in which the same foot always leads
three consecutive dance steps, two fast and one slow, to four beats of music
verb -sés, -séing, -séd
(intransitive) to perform either of these steps

from French chassé “chase, chasing,” past participle of chasser “to chase, hunt” (see chase (v.)); borrowed 19c. in a variety of senses and expressions, such as “chaser” (in the drinking sense), short for chasse-café, literally “coffee-chaser.” Also as a dance step (1867).


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