Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Tarry A While

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TARRY A WHILE (J8x32) 2C (4C set) Book of Graded SCDs

1- 8 1M+2L turn RH; turn LH
9-16 1L+2M turn RH; turn LH retaining hands and join RH with partner in diagonal line
17-24 Balance-in-Line twice; 1L+2M turn LH, to join 2H with partners who remain on sides
25-32 1s+2s dance Poussette starting with ¼ turn (1 bar), move up/down sides (2 bars), ¼ turn (1 bar) and continue as standard Poussette. 2 1

(MINICRIB. Dance crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)

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The phrase "tarry a while" is an old-fashioned and somewhat poetic way of expressing the idea of staying or lingering for some time. "Tarry" means to delay or linger, and "a while" refers to a short period of time. When combined, the phrase suggests taking a moment to stay or spend some time in a particular place.

In a more modern context, "tarry a while" may be used to invite someone to stay or linger in a relaxed and unhurried manner. For example, if someone says, "Tarry a while and enjoy the scenery", they are inviting others to take their time and appreciate the surroundings.

This phrase is somewhat archaic and may be found in literature or older texts. In contemporary language, people are more likely to use simpler expressions such as "stay a while" or "hang out for a bit" to convey a similar idea. However, "tarry a while" can still be employed for a touch of old-world charm or in situations where a more formal or poetic tone is desired.

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