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Variant of rigmarole.
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a variant of rigmarole
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(ˈrɪg məˌroʊl)

also rigamarole

1. an elaborate or complicated procedure.
2. confused or meaningless talk.
[1730–40; alter. of ragman roll list, catalogue, Middle English rageman rolle]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rigamarole - a set of confused and meaningless statements
hokum, meaninglessness, nonsense, nonsensicality, bunk - a message that seems to convey no meaning
2.rigamarole - a long and complicated and confusing procedure; "all that academic rigmarole was a waste of time"
procedure, process - a particular course of action intended to achieve a result; "the procedure of obtaining a driver's license"; "it was a process of trial and error"
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also rigamarole
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References in classic literature ?
A peasant called Dushkin, who keeps a dram-shop facing the house, brought to the police office a jeweller's case containing some gold ear-rings, and told a long rigamarole. 'The day before yesterday, just after eight o'clock'--mark the day and the hour!--'a journeyman house-painter, Nikolay, who had been in to see me already that day, brought me this box of gold ear-rings and stones, and asked me to give him two roubles for them.
As such, having a way to limit this 'loyalty tax', keeping the cost of your renewal low and without having to go through the rigamarole of switching to a new provider will be welcome for some.
"The economy of Scotland and the UK is on a knife's edge and any further rigamarole will risk the livelihoods of workers and employers."
"If we are involved in executive producing in any manner, then we'll also be writing to various funds and going through the entire rigamarole that is required to get a project out.
His former company made him go through the rigamarole of hiring a lawyer and going to court, up until the case would actually go to trial, at which point they quickly dropped the suit.
If we decide to do a project or something that's regulated, it takes us three or four years to get through all of the rigamarole. But we're making long-term investment decisions and trying to get capital deployed on things that are moving targets.
Let's say here that the literary-cultural matter doesn't go above (doesn't drop below) the publisher level: every dumbass moves in relation to a possible publication, and now literature is shitting itself (momentarily) because of the political opening up that it is demanding to fill a vacuum of political books, obviously political books, other levels of the same old rigamarole that doesn't interest us.
When we visit a used car lot, we expect the rigamarole and even plan for it.
As the poem continues--"And there is work, blood, suet and sweat,--the rigamarole / of wine and mandolins.
Can a woman not have a flipping mocktail without going through this rigamarole every time?
Why would you go through the rigamarole of getting ready and then stay out for just two drinks?
it's an expensive, timeconsuming [sic] and painful rigamarole of cutting, bleaching, dyeing, shaving, plucking, starving, exercising and picking out clothes that send the right message without making you look like a shop-window dress-up dolly.