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A woman employed to dance with patrons for a fee, as at a dance hall or nightclub.
[From the fact that the dancers are hired, like taxis, for a short period of time.]
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a person, usu. a woman, employed, as by a dance hall, to dance with patrons who pay a fee for each dance.
[1925–30; so called because such a dancer, like a taxi, is hired for the occasion]
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