sa·shay (să-shā) Informal
intr.v. sa·shayed, sa·shay·ing, sa·shays
a. To walk or proceed, especially in an easy or casual manner.
b. To strut or flounce in a showy manner: sashaying around the dinner party in his fancy new clothes.
2. To perform the chassé in dancing.
3. To move in a sideways manner.
1. A chassé.
2. An excursion; an outing.
3. A figure in square dancing in which partners circle each other by taking sideways steps.
[Alteration of CHASSé.]
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