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min yuh wet

  • n  a stately court dance in the 17th century
  • n  a stately piece of music composed for dancing the minuet; often incorporated into a sonata or suite

  • War's thunder trailed off into a tinkling minuet.
  • The armies of France and Germany last week executed two more steps in their slow, solemn, martial minuet between the Moselle and the Rhine, the Westwall and the Maginot Line.
  • In that minuet of malice called California politics, another Democrat has insinuated himself onto the stage to challenge Governor Pat Brown's third-term chances.
News & Articles

  • Study: Mozart helps you focus
    New research shows people work better and faster when listening to the soothing sounds of his minuets        
    June 26, 2013 - Salon.com

  • Arlen Specter in Seattle Times
    It has been my experience that the hearings are really, in effect, a subtle minuet, with the nominee answering as many questions as he thinks necessary in order to be confirmed,Specter said.
  • Joe Biden in San Francisco Chronicle
    I really hope that this doesn't turn out to be a minuet. I hope it turns out to be conversation,Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., told Alito. "I believe we owe it to the American people in this one democratic moment to have a conversation about...
  • George Washington Parke Custis in Wall Street Journal
    ...held a few weeks after the conclusion of the American Revolution: "The minuet was much in vogue at that period," writes Custis, "and was peculiarly calculated for the display of the splendid figure of the chief, and his natural...

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