dance attendance on

dance attendance on

do your utmost to please someone by attending to all their needs or requests.

The expression originally referred to someone waiting kicking their heels until an important person summoned them or would see them.

1999 - Shyama Perera - I Haven't Stopped Dancing Yet - Tammy and I sat on a vinyl bench seat and watched the visiting flow while Jan disappeared to dance attendance on her mother.


dance to his tune

comply completely with someone's demands and wishes.

lead someone a dance = lead someone a merry dance

cause someone a great deal of trouble or worry – British

1993 - Isidore Okpewho – Tides - I will be content to lead my friends at the NSS a merry dance if only to get even with them for messing me up the way they did.

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