rug cut v.
to dance; thus rugcut, rug-cutting n. and adj.
|Chicago Defender 19 Oct. 14: Psychic Aspects of Rugcutting [...] the egrossing art of ‘cutting rugs’ (i.e. any type of dancing in which much sweat exudes and little is added to the purse).|
|‘Hectic Harlem’ in N.Y. Amsterdam News 8 Feb. sect. 2: RUG CUTTIN. – Participating in low-brow affairs [...] RUG CUTTIN’ SESSION. – A low brow party.|
|‘Sl. among Nebraska Negroes’ in AS XIII:4 Dec. 317/1: To rug is an indefinite term, meaning to engage in a number of pleasing activities.|
|Flash! (Wash., D.C.) 21 Feb. 11/1: rug cut — A newly coined expression describing the apparently savage machination of the latest edition of the revision of the popular ‘Lindy Hop.’.|
|House of Fury (1959) 46: I want to have some fun before I get old, do some rugcuttin’ an’ go out with the boys.|
|N.Y. Amsterdam Star-News 26 Apr. 13: Jimmie’s Chicken Shack jumped on all fours after the rugcuts were over.|
|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.|
|Battle Cry (1964) 27: Friday night rugcutting sessions to Glen Miller records.|
|San Diego Sailor 65: Bud was doing a little restrained rug-cutting.|
(US black) a dancer.
|Chicago Defender 19 Oct. 14: ‘Ruggers’ [...] ‘chop and demolish carpets’ in the middle of the floor.|