What does the expression “to trip the light fantastic” mean and Where does it come from?

The expression “to trip the light fantastic” means: To dance.

In full, the expression is “to trip the light fantastic toe.”

It comes from John Milton’s “L’Allegro” (1632), from the early lines beginning:

what does the expression to trip the light fantastic mean and where does it come from

Haste thee Nymph and bring with thee Jest and youthful Jollity,

and going on to:

Sport that wrinkled Care derides,
And Laughter holding both his sides.
Come, and trip it as ye go On the light fantastick toe.

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