Passy-measure Pavin

A pavin is a stately dance (see Pavan) ; a passy-measure pavin is a reeling dance or motion, like that of a drunken man, from side to side. Sir Toby Belch says of Dick Surgeon-

“He's a rogue and a passy-measure pavin. I hate a drunken rogue.” —Shakespeare: Twelfth Night, v. 1.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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