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shaggy-dog story

[shag-ee-dawg, -dog] /ˈʃæg iˈdɔg, -ˈdɒg/
noun
1.
a funny story, traditionally about a talking dog, that, after an often long and involved narration of unimportant incidents, has an absurd or irrelevant punch line.
Origin of shaggy-dog story
1945-1950
First recorded in 1945-50
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British Dictionary definitions for shaggy dog story

shaggy dog story

noun
1.
(informal) a long rambling joke ending in a deliberate anticlimax, such as a pointless punch line
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Idioms and Phrases with shaggy dog story

shaggy-dog story

A long drawn-out anecdote with an absurd or anticlimactic ending. For example, At first he had us laughing wildly at his shaggy-dog stories, but after the third or fourth we found them tiresome. The term alludes to a well-known series of such stories, which involved a talking dog. [ c. 1940 ]
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