- 1985, Gregory Sass, Redcoat, page 28:
- It was a regular Barnaby dance; I'd never seen anyone move so quickly. Before the culprit bolted out the door into the night,
- 1996, Jo Ann Ferguson, Miss Charity's Case, page 182:
- "Owell gave me this. Said to get it to you in a Barnaby dance. 'Ere it is." His tongue scraped across his lower lip as he stared at Charity.
- 2009, Julia Golding, The Diamond of Drury Lane, page 434:
- We were now doing a strange sort of Barnaby dance: shuffling to and fro as I blocked his attempts to set off in pursuit.
- "No. Sadly, Pedro Hawkins died of a fever last Monday. That was the understudy you saw."
- A male given name, from the medieval vernacular form of Barnabas.