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jive

noun uk   /dʒaɪv/ us  

jive noun (DANCE)

[S or U] a fast dance that was very popular with young people in the 1940s and 1950s: My father taught me how to do the jive.Names of dances

jive noun (TALK)

[U] US slang talk that has no meaning or is dishonest: Don't believe a word he says, it's just a bunch of (= a lot of) jive!Nonsense

jive

verb uk   /dʒaɪv/ us  

jive verb (DANCE)

[I] to dance a jiveDance and choreography in general

jive verb (TALK)

[T] US slang to try to make someone believe something that is untrue: Quit jiving me and just tell me where you were!Lies, lying and hypocrisyDishonest people
(Definition of jive from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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