cut the rug v.
to dance (cf. rug cut v.); thus rug-cutting n., dancing.
|🎵 Get all high and cut some rug!‘Rug Cutter’s Function’|
|‘Solid Meddlin’’ in People’s Voice (NY) 9 May 31/2: [They] put the finishing touches on their birthday frolic [...] by cutting a rug or two.|
|Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive 28: The cats grabbed the chippies, and St. Mick forgot, / And began some rug cutting, to music most hot. [...] Then he copped a quick trot to the smoke-hole once more, / As the Cats and the Chippies cut rug to the floor.|
|Hepster’s Dict. 1: Beat the rug – Dance.|
|Glover 88: She’s having a grand time! Out there cutting the rug with ol redbeard.|
|Grease 30: Com’mon, let’s cut a rug!|
|Campus Sl. Fall 2: cut the rug – dance.|
|Other Days Around Me 126: The more strenuous exertions of ‘cutting a rug’ at a local dance-hall.|
|Guardian G2 30 Nov. 17: Almost certainly not cutting a rug at the subsequent aftershow knees-up.|
|Atomic Lobster 151: They could cut a rug with the best [...] the tango, the rhumba, the watusi.|
|(con. 1943) Coorparoo Blues [ebook] He was no musical dunce: he could still cut a rug.|