shaggy dog story

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shaggy dog story

n
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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shaggy dog story

nstoriella interminabile senza capocoda
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Available digitally now and from Monday on DVD PS29.99/Blu-ray PS39.99 SHOW DOGS PG A SHAGGY dog tale of questionable pedigree, which cocks its leg at plausibility in an opening set piece and never looks back.
Show Dogs is a shaggy dog tale of questionable pedigree that will probably delight very young audiences, who might gurgle with glee at the sight of a Rottweiler (voiced by Chris "Ludacris" Bridges) sneakily breaking wind while its unsuspecting owner (Will Arnett) is soaping its rear.
Show Dogs is a shaggy dog tale of questionable pedigree that will delight very young audiences, who might gurgle with glee at the sight of a Rottweiler (voiced by Chris "Ludacris" Bridges) sneakily breaking wind while its owner (Will Arnett, pictured) is soaping its rear.
Show Dogs is a shaggy dog tale of questionable pedigree that will probably delight very young audiences, who might gurgle with glee at the sight of a Rotttweiler (voiced by Chris "Ludacris" Bridges) sneakily breaking wind while its unsuspecting owner (Will Arnett) is soaping its rear.
Anodyne shaggy dog tale about a couple who buy a cute but destructive dog.
This is a loopy shaggy dog tale that lacks wit, charm or an assured directorial hand.
The best of the group, Intergalactic Thanksgiving (1978), is a wacky shaggy dog tale in which corn pone earthling farmers transform an Alice-in-Wonderland society of joking green-skinned aliens into responsible ecologically oriented crop growers.
SHAGGY DOG TALE Murphy has put pearls of wisdom into print
Another of my all-time favourites is Laurence Sterne's Tristram Shandy - a marvellously eclectic shaggy dog tale with so many digressions that the story only reaches the narrator's birth after 150 pages: "I wish either my father or my mother, or indeed both of them, as they were in duty both equally bound to it, had minded what they were about when they begot me."
The answer won't be found in any music trivia book - but it's no shaggy dog tale.
THRILLED: Dawn Cox with her winning dog Bobbi SHAGGY DOG TALE: Natalie Mead Sand dog Taffy Su and her do PROUD: Lisa Maddison with mastiffTyler Ty
Neither a drama, a comedy nor a family movie, it's a bland shaggy dog tale about a couple and their puppy growing from youth to maturity.