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n. Informal
1. Dazzling excitement.
2. Elaborate action or maneuvers designed to deceive an opponent, as in a sports contest.
3. Extravagant or showy display, as of technique: a lecture that was more razzle-dazzle than substance.

[Reduplication of dazzle.]

raz′zle-daz′zle adj.


slang noisy or showy fuss or activity
[C19: rhyming compound based on dazzle]


(ˈræz əl)

1. showy or virtuosic technique or effect.
2. confusion, commotion, or riotous gaiety.
3. marked by razzle-dazzle.
[1890–95; rhyming compound based on dazzle]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.razzle-dazzle - any exciting and complex play intended to confuse (dazzle) the opponent
play - a preset plan of action in team sports; "the coach drew up the plays for her team"


[ˌræzəlˈdæzəl] ntralala m


, razzmatazz
n (esp Brit inf) → Rummel m, → Trubel m


[ˈræzlˈdæzl] n (Brit) (fam) → brio
to be/go on the razzle(-dazzle) → fare/andare a fare baldoria
References in classic literature ?
He was willing to do that, for he was a true son of the great city of razzle-dazzle, and to him one evening in the limelight made up for many dark ones.
Perhaps if I'd told her the truth instead of all that razzle-dazzle we might--but, confound it
It may lack the razzle-dazzle of this winter's triple-A titles but we know which one you'll still be playing long after you've seen in the New Year.
SO, the razzle-dazzle of E3 in Los Angeles is over, and it was an overwhelming success by all accounts - a stonking 48,200 games enthusiasts attended over the three-day event.
The British loudspeaker maker KEF, a name well known to audiophiles, has broken out both the high-tech and marketing razzle-dazzle for its desktop X300A speakers.
Since fast-starting neighbour Mill Bling Bling is certain to move across to the rails, Dolores Ruth's brindle should enjoy a clear run round the outside, and can razzle-dazzle 'em off the second bend.
In Vreme, Goran Naumovski analyzes the arrest of Madame Pepi and claims that this entire razzle-dazzle over the arrest of a dealer is absurd when her smuggling business of stolen clothes was either unnoticed or covered up for many years.
It would appear that developer Art Dodge will razzle-dazzle town officials into granting whatever he wants - that is, until a group of dedicated Boy Scouts display some of their handiwork regarding an endangered salamander threatened by the project.
She is also its undisputed razzle-dazzle and has almost made her running mate redundant" - Joan Collins (pictured) on Sarah Palin, the Republican Party's vice-presidential hope.
New York has the razzle-dazzle - all we've got is drizzle and fizzle.
If you're not blinded by the razzle-dazzle of their pseudoscience, you'll realise what you're actually looking at is a dehumidifier, commonly used to suck moisture out of damp walls.
I preferred his craftsmanship more in the Khachaturian, though, where the composer's style is rather a razzle-dazzle affair to begin with, and Berezovsky's overt showmanship shines more brightly.