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show and tell

an activity for young children, especially in school, in which each participant produces an object of unusual interest and tells something about it.
Facetious. any informative presentation or demonstration, as to introduce a new product or divulge and explain a special plan.
Origin of show and tell
First recorded in 1950-55
Related forms
show-and-tell, adjective
show-and-teller, noun Unabridged
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elementary school teaching tool, 1948, American English.

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An elaborate display, usually for selling or other persuasion; dog and pony act: There just hasn't been time to arrange the kind of show-and-tell that attracts media attention/ No one seems to have been impressed by the show-and-tell

[1970s+; fr the name of an elementary-school teaching technique of the late 1940s where pupils exhibit and explain things]

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

A public presentation or display, as in It was a terrible bore, what with their show and tell of every last detail about their trip around the world. This expression originated in the 1940s to describe a learning exercise for young children, in which each child in a group brings some object to show the others and talks about it.
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