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brouhaha

[broo-hah-hah, broo-hah-hah, broo-hah-hah]
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noun
  1. excited public interest, discussion, or the like, as the clamor attending some sensational event; hullabaloo: The brouhaha followed disclosures of graft at City Hall.
  2. an episode involving excitement, confusion, turmoil, etc., especially a broil over a minor or ridiculous cause: A brouhaha by the baseball players resulted in three black eyes.
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Origin of brouhaha

1885–90; < French, orig. brou, ha, ha! exclamation used by characters representing the devil in the 16th-cent. drama; perhaps < Hebrew, distortion of the recited phrase bārūkh habbā (beshēm ădhōnai) “blessed is he who comes (in the name of the Lord)” (Ps. 118:26)
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  • From afar the rumors of revelry, the brouhaha of a mad population, saluted his deaf ears, the distant music of lutes and viols.

  • It was then I realized the Chief was still sitting in his chair, where he had been when the brouhaha started.

    Arm of the Law

    Harry Harrison


British Dictionary definitions for brouhaha

brouhaha

noun
  1. a loud confused noise; commotion; uproar
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Word Origin

French, of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for brouhaha

n.

1890, from French brouhaha (1550s), said by Gamillscheg to have been, in medieval theater, "the cry of the devil disguised as clergy." Perhaps from Hebrew barukh habba' "blessed be the one who comes," used on public occasions (cf. Psalm 118).

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