song and dance


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song and dance

n. pl. song and dances or songs and dances
1. A theatrical performance that combines singing and dancing.
2. Slang
a. An excessively elaborate effort to explain or justify.
b. An elaborate story or explanation intended to deceive or mislead.

song and dance

n
1. Brit a fuss, esp one that is unnecessary
2. US and Canadian a long or elaborate story or explanation, esp one that is evasive

song′ and dance′


n. Informal.
an extended, often self-justifying explanation that may be irrelevant or untrue.
[1870–75, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.song and dance - theatrical performance combining singing and dancing
performance, public presentation - a dramatic or musical entertainment; "they listened to ten different performances"; "the play ran for 100 performances"; "the frequent performances of the symphony testify to its popularity"
2.song and dance - an interesting but highly implausible story; often told as an excuse
fib, taradiddle, tarradiddle, tale, story - a trivial lie; "he told a fib about eating his spinach"; "how can I stop my child from telling stories?"

song and dance

noun (Brit. informal) fuss, to-do, flap (informal), performance (informal), stir, pantomime (informal), commotion, ado, shindig (informal), kerfuffle (informal), hoo-ha, pother, shindy (informal) He used his money to help others - but he never made a song and dance about it.
References in classic literature ?
Lady," he said, "dat gent on de oder bench sent yer a song and dance by me.
You may execute your song and dance, but do not sing too loudly.
You may carry that song and dance to your impresario.
The first song and dance we were taught was " Come Happy Day" and whenever we met one of us would mention it and we would break into song and perform the dance.
A Song and Dance G Ashwell B Ballet Lydia Brodie B Character, B National, B Song and Dance J Sierant C Ballet, C Character, C National O Bradbury C Tap B Jones C Song and Dance N Cullen D Song and Dance L Gay F Ballet, F Character, F Modern, F Song and Dance A Brodie Junior Classical Duets L Brodie and J Sierant Junior Song and Dance Duets L Brodie and J Sierant Junior Cabaret Duets E Homewood and L Brodie Intermediate Cabaret Duets N Cullen and J Sierant Senior Classical Duets E Sykes and R Smith Junior Cabaret Trios T Badejo, E Homewood and L Brodie.
Not all ands will be open to a production in which whitecoated techies break into song and dance, nor to a love story that finds characters fretting about DNA codes.