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Please set me clear on the following in red.

Without waiting for the servant to answer the door, he got up in his shirtsleeves, ushered the callers into the parlor, and said he would "trot the women folks out." Mrs. Lincoln from an adjoining room witnessed the ladies' entrance, and overheard her husband's jocose expression. Her indignation was so instantaneous...

I'm not sure exactly what "trot out" means and why it is a "jocose expression."

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<<Lincoln the Unknown>> by Dale Carnegie.
 

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[SIZE=-1]PHRASAL VERB: [/SIZE]
[SIZE=-1]trot out[/SIZE] Informal To bring out and show for inspection or admiration: "His novel trots out an Irish president named Finn" (Charles E. Claffey).

American Heritage[SUP]®[/SUP] Dictionary of the English Language
 
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