whoop-de-do

whoop-de-do

or whoop-de-doo

(ˈhup diˈdu, ˈhʊp-, ˈʰwup-, ˈʰwʊp-, ˈwup-, ˈwʊp-)

n., pl. -dos or -doos. Informal.
1. lively and noisy festivities; merrymaking: the annual New Year's Eve whoop-de-do.
2. heated discussion or debate, esp. in public: a whoop-de-do over the new tax bill.
3. extravagant publicity or fanfare: the whoop-de-do of a movie premiere.
[1935–40; orig. uncertain; see whoop]
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By the time a real husband could get his hands on a suitcase, stowed away in the attic or somewhere, he'd have to enlist his wife's help to locate it, and the whole whoop-de-do would dissolve into mundane chitchat.
I think they want to announce that with some big whoop-de-do."
Lucas asserted that maybe the team wanted to announce the news with some big whoop-de-do.
But when it came to the whoop-de-do factor, it was more like whoop-de-don't.
Whoop-de-do and tum-tum-tum, Benighted night will never come.
The first official Catholic meeting I went to started with what was advertised as "prayer." There were fewer than 10 of us, and I figured, "How much of a whoop-de-do can you make about prayer with 10 people?"
Whoop-de-do if the Springville Herald runs liquor ads.