cinquepace (n.) Old form(s): Sinke-a-pace
five-step capering dance
Ham III.ii.50[Hamlet to Players, of a clown at a play] keeping in his cinquepace of jests [i.e. keeping up a lively flow of jests] [in Q1 only]
MA II.i.66[Beatrice to Hero] wooing, wedding, and repenting, is as a Scotch jig, a measure, and a cinquepace
TN I.iii.123[Sir Toby to Sir Andrew] I would not so much as make water but in a sink-apace [punning on 'sink' = 'sewer'] [F sinke-a-pace]
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