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[hoop-lah] /ˈhup lɑ/
noun, Informal.
bustling excitement or activity; commotion; hullabaloo; to-do.
sensational publicity; ballyhoo.
speech or writing intended to mislead or to obscure an issue.
Origin of hoopla
First recorded in 1865-70, hoopla is from the French word houp-là! command (as to a child) to move, take a step Unabridged
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(Brit) a fairground game in which a player tries to throw a hoop over an object and so win it
(US & Canadian, slang) noise; bustle
(US, slang) nonsense; ballyhoo
Word Origin
C20: see whoop, la²
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Word Origin and History for hoopla

1877, hoop la, American English, earlier houp-la, exclamation accompanying quick movement (1870), of unknown origin, perhaps borrowed from French houp-là "upsy-daisy," also a cry to dogs, horses, etc.

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  1. A joyous and boisterous clamor; hoo-ha: Is this hoopla for my birthday?
  2. A noisy fuss; a commotion: His arrival started a big hoopla
  3. Advertising or promotion; ballyhoo, flack: I say this is a lot of unnecessary hoopla

[1877+; perhaps fr hoop-la!, the stagecoach driver's exhortation to his horses]

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