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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And this is one shaggy dog story with a happy ending as Jackson's handsome face attracted a flurry of interest.
And this strange tail, sorry tale, is definitely not just some shaggy dog story, as it does not end there.
Fincher is a classy enough director to prevent it collapsing into complete silliness, although the effect is of a shaggy dog story being told in posh, sombre tones.
The last half-hour has its faults but Fincher is classy enough to prevent it collapsing into complete silliness, although the effect is of a shaggy dog story being told in posh, sombre tones.
IT sounds like a shaggy dog story, but a Birmingham vets is dealing with a staggering increase in pooches who have swallowed underpants.
The Hounds of Baskerville episode, penned by Mark Gatiss, is a real shaggy dog story but it allows Benedict Cumberbatch, inset, to pose moodily atop a large rock on the moors in his big flapping coat as well as giving Sherlock lots of opportunities to exercise his super power of Noticing Stuff.
The shaggy dog story left Ribery shaken and security has been tightened, but the tale of a Frenchman sneaking past Bayern bodes well for Arsene Wenger.
30pm Lloyd Langford: One Day in the Life of Lloyd Owen Langford Rhod Gilbert's TV henchman presents his new show, a picaresque shaggy dog story about going to buy a loaf of bread containing a potent brew of gags, stories, riffs and accents.
SHERLOCK'S shaggy dog story was given a nifty twist in The Hounds Of Baskerville.
Tradisioneel is 'n shaggy dog story 'n besonder langdradige relaas vol kenmerkende irrelevante insidente en die slot grens dikwels aan die absurde.
The audience participation carols prove patchy through a lack of clear direction from the stage, while Rumpole's Christmas, a yarn by John Mortimer and composer Kenneth Hesketh, getting its premiere here, turns into a bit of a seasonal shaggy dog story.
Bruns, who has auctioned off character names to raise money for charities in the past, says this shaggy dog story has served as an important lesson.