shaggy dog story

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shaggy dog story

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informal a long rambling joke ending in a deliberate anticlimax, such as a pointless punch line
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Noun1.shaggy dog story - a long rambling joke whose humor derives from its pointlessness
gag, jape, jest, joke, laugh - a humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter; "he told a very funny joke"; "he knows a million gags"; "thanks for the laugh"; "he laughed unpleasantly at his own jest"; "even a schoolboy's jape is supposed to have some ascertainable point"
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TOM WAITS IS A STORYTELLER par excellence, equal part campfire yarn spinner and sideshow circus barker.
Perhaps next time I would--I'd certainly heard countless campfire yarns of close encounters.
TONY is ace at telling a tall tale so he'd be masterful at devising campfire yarns.