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also flap-doo·dle  (flăp′do͞od′l)
n. Slang
Foolish talk; nonsense.

[Origin unknown.]
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slang foolish talk; nonsense
[C19: of unknown origin]
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(ˈflæpˌdud l)

n. Informal.
nonsense; bosh.
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[ˈflæpˌduːdl] Nchorrada f
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Well, by and by the king he gets up and comes for- ward a little, and works himself up and slobbers out a speech, all full of tears and flapdoodle about its being a sore trial for him and his poor brother to lose the diseased, and to miss seeing diseased alive after the long journey of four thousand mile, but it's a trial that's sweetened and sanctified to us by this dear sym- pathy and these holy tears, and so he thanks them out of his heart and out of his brother's heart, because out of their mouths they can't, words being too weak and cold, and all that kind of rot and slush, till it was just sickening; and then he blubbers out a pious goody- goody Amen, and turns himself loose and goes to cry- ing fit to bust.
Two hundred-plus pages of verbal assaults on flapdoodle, balderdash, mountebanks, yeggmen, hokum, and anthropoid paralogists can be wearying.
I believe in milk and water, in namby-pambyism and flapdoodle, in gush and bunkum, in veiled eyes and soft hands, in mealy mouths and fat stomachs, in the encouragement of cowardice, and in slavery everlasting, for the forgiveness of everything rotten, Kaiser's sake, Amen.
The entanglement of all of this scavenging with the myth of the bohemian artist is evident as early as a letter Miller wrote in 1925 to his friend Emil Schnellock where Miller muses, half-idly, that he's probably "one of those lily-livered pups who hasn't guts enough to go out and get a he-man's job and slave eight hours, maybe ten, for some guy who knows a little less than I do" and that he'd "much rather go home, pretend I'm an artist and write some more flapdoodle".
They are a melange of the old and obscure and I shall attempt with considered concinnity to give them an airing for the edification of philistines who may be obambulating through subtopia and beyond, and hope this will not be considered knavery or the act of a rapscallion or dismissed as simple flapdoodle but accepted as an exercise by an honest opsimath.
"Ryan kicking himself for not responding to Biden's "malarkey" with hogwash, fiddle faddle, blatherskyte, flapdoodle #23skidoo #catspajamas" @jpodhoretz wrote.
IT WOULD be a trifle unfortunate if the advent of the wildly successful (whip flapdoodle notwithstanding) Champions Day rendered the Breeders' Cup as something of an afterthought for European horses, because a lacklustre home team looks there for the taking.
Indeed, in her behemothic biography, The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life, Alice Schroeder, citing George Goodman, wrote that Buffett represents] the triumph of straight thinking and high standards over flapdoodle, folly, and flimflam." Although no one has spoken directly to him about it, it is likely, based on available evidence, that this quote applies equally to Todd Combs.
props, like much foolish flapdoodle, rupture the illusion of
How much of the rhetoric that Hendrickson cites was "patriotic flapdoodle" intended to mask intentions and policies and how much of it represented the serious intellectual convictions of responsible decision makers?
But a bunch of legal flapdoodle about "due process" is not necessary.