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1940's Play terms

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Axis
the nations which fought against the United States of America and the other allied nations
Be-Bop
a new jazz form introduced by black musicians in the early 1940's Popularized by performers such as Dizzy Gillispie , this style of music had more complex rhythms than swing and developed separately from swing
Bombardier
a bomber crew member who uses the bombsight and releases the bombs
Breakaways
where dance partners separated and improvised steps
cats
musicians
C.D.
short for civilian defense, a volunteer organization of air raid wardens, ham radio poerators and the like.
Civil Defense
after the attack on Pearl Harbor,fear of an other attack on the mainland led to the formation of the office of Civil Defense. By 1934' nine million civilian volunteers were serving as spotters scanning the skies for enemy aircraft' and as air-raid wardens checking to see that all houses were blacked out when air-raid sirens sounded . Coastal cities were dark at night . Fear of attack by submarines or planes led city leaders to order building lights turned off.
Cut A Rug
Dance up a storm
A Dish
an attractive girl
Dolly
an attractive girl
Eight To The Bar
eight eighth notes to a measure. commonly used in swing music
Flip Side
this term for the other side of a record was first coined in the 1940's
Foxtrot
a ballroom dance in double time that includes slow walking steps, quick running steps and two steps.
G.I.
Means Government Issue ,but the initials also stand for enlisted personnel G.I."Joe."
Glamour Girl
A term made by popular by Hollywood of the 1940's
Gremlin
a mischievous goblin who supposedly caused military equipment to malfunction
Hubba-Hubba
An exclamation of approval especially when referring to someone of the opposite sex
In The Grove
carried away by music
Jitterbug
An athletic often acrobatic dance with "breakaways." Make the jitterbug song and dance as unrestrained as possible.The jitterbug was only a c-r-a-z-y dance with leaps and jumps and tossing partners about, was also wildly popular during WWII.
Keen
good,cool,hip,etc.
Lindy
A fast jitterbug
Messin' around
killing time with friends
Moppin' up a ten cent pop
drinking soda pop that only cost a dime at that time
O.S.S
short for the office of strategic services, a for runner of the C.I.A.
Powder dry
as in "keep your powder dry" technically it means gun powder but came to mean "keep ready for action