a song and dance informal,

a song and dance informal,
chiefly Brit.
a fuss.
N. Amer. a long and pointless or evasive explanation.
song

English new terms dictionary. 2014.

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  • song-and-dance — 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… …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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 • Syn: ↑fairytale, ↑fairy tale, ↑fairy story, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • song and dance — ☆ song and dance n. 1. singing and dancing, esp. in vaudeville 2. Informal talk, esp. an explanation, that is pointless, devious, or evasive …   English World dictionary

  • song and dance — informal why does he have to make such a song and dance out of everything? See fuss 1. 1) …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • song and dance — song′ and dance′ n. Informal. an extended, often self justifying explanation that may be irrelevant or untrue • Etymology: 1870–75, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • song and dance — 1) N UNCOUNT: usu N n A song and dance act is a performance in which a person or group of people sing and dance. 2) PHRASE (disapproval) If you say that someone is making a song and dance about something, you mean they are making an unnecessary… …   English dictionary

  • song and dance — {n.}, {informal} 1. Foolish or uninteresting talk; dull nonsense. Usually used with give . * /I met Nancy today and she gave me a long song and dance about her family./ 2. A long lie or excuse, often meant to get pity. Usually used with give . *… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • song and dance — {n.}, {informal} 1. Foolish or uninteresting talk; dull nonsense. Usually used with give . * /I met Nancy today and she gave me a long song and dance about her family./ 2. A long lie or excuse, often meant to get pity. Usually used with give . *… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • song\ and\ dance — noun informal 1. Foolish or uninteresting talk; dull nonsense. Usually used with give . I met Nancy today and she gave me a long song and dance about her family. 2. A long lie or excuse, often meant to get pity. Usually used with give . Billy… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • a song and dance — ► a song and dance informal a fuss. Main Entry: ↑song …   English terms dictionary

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