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  • Based on the Biblical description of a salacious dance performed in the court of King Herod. The precise term "dance of the seven veils" was reportedly first used in the stage directions of Oscar Wilde's play Salome.
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"Testing the waters" is a veil for what candidates do in the years when it's too unseemly to be seen actually running for president. . . . But this veil is dropped when candidate and handlers believe the coyness has begun to cloy. And then the candidate's dance of the seven veils has begun.

Submitted on July 10, 2018

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dance of the seven veilsA striptease performance.
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danza de los siete velos

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