song and dance

noun
1. theatrical performance combining singing and dancing
Hypernyms: ↑performance, ↑public presentation
2. an interesting but highly implausible story; often told as an excuse
Hypernyms: ↑fib, ↑story, ↑tale, ↑tarradiddle, ↑taradiddle

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(informal).See fuss noun sense 1.
song

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noun
1. : a theatrical performance (as a vaudeville act) combining singing and dancing
2. : a statement or explanation interesting in itself but not necessarily true or pertinent

gave me a song and dance about how busy he was

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a story or statement, esp. an untrue or misleading one designed to evade the matter at hand: Every time he's late, he gives me a song and dance about oversleeping.
[1870-75, Amer.]

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song and dance,
Informal. an explanation or account, not necessarily true, and often intended to impress or deceive: »

What's all this I hear about some song and dance you gave Colonel Snow about not wanting to join...? (Sinclair Lewis).

song-and-dance «SNG uhn DANS, -DAHNS; SONG-», adjective.
of or having to do with singing and dancing, especially in a vaudeville act or a musical comedy: »

a song-and-dance team.

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noun [singular]
1 : a performance that combines singing and dancing
2 US, informal + disapproving : a long story, explanation, or excuse that may not be true or directly related to what is being discussed
— often + about

When I asked him why the work wasn't finished, he gave me a long song and dance about some problem he's been having with his computer.

make a song and dance about (something)
Brit informal
1 : to cause a lot of excitement about (something)

The film is nothing to make a song and dance about.

2 : to complain about (something) in a way that is excessive or unnecessary

He was making a big song and dance about the new regulations.


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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