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dog and pony show

noun, Informal.
an elaborate sales, advertising, or publicity presentation or campaign.
Origin of dog and pony show
First recorded in 1965-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Contemporary definitions for dog and pony show

an elaborate display or presentation, esp. to promote something; also, an elaborate social affair's 21st Century Lexicon
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Slang definitions & phrases for dog and pony show

dog and pony act

noun phrase

An elaborately prepared or staged presentation, event, etc, intended to sway or convince: Bring them in here and do a dog and pony act

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go into one's dance

[1970s+; by the 1920s dog and pony show was a derisive name for a small circus]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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