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rig·ma·role(rĭg′mə-rōl′) also rig·a·ma·role (-ə-mə-rōl′)
1. Confused, rambling, or incoherent discourse; nonsense.
2. A complicated, petty set of procedures.
[Alteration of obsolete ragman roll, catalog, from Middle English ragmane rolle, scroll used in Ragman, a game of chance : perhaps from Anglo-Norman Ragemon le bon, Ragemon the Good, title of a set of verses about a character of this name + Middle English rolle, list (from Old French, from Latin rotula, wheel; see roll).]
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1. any long complicated procedure
2. a set of incoherent or pointless statements; garbled nonsense
[C18: from earlier ragman roll a list, probably a roll used in a medieval game, wherein various characters were described in verse, beginning with Ragemon le bon Ragman the good]
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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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Rigmarolea succession of incoherent statements.
Examples: rigmarole of grannies; of nonsense.
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|Noun||1.||rigmarole - a set of confused and meaningless statements|
|2.||rigmarole - a long and complicated and confusing procedure; "all that academic rigmarole was a waste of time"|
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1. procedure, to-do, performance (informal), bother, carry-on (informal, chiefly Brit.), nonsense, fuss, hassle (informal), red tape, pantomime (informal), palaver Then the whole rigmarole starts over again!
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rigmarole[ˈrɪgmərəʊl] N (= process) → galimatías m inv, lío m; (= paperwork etc) → trámites mpl, papeleo m
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