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song and dance

a story or statement, especially an untrue or misleading one designed to evade the matter at hand:
Every time he's late, he gives me a song and dance about oversleeping.
Origin of song and dance
An Americanism dating back to 1870-75 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for song and dance

song and dance

noun (informal)
(Brit) a fuss, esp one that is unnecessary
(US & Canadian) a long or elaborate story or explanation, esp one that is evasive
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Slang definitions & phrases for song and dance

song and dance

n phr,n

A prepared account or speech aimed at persuasion, apology, advocacy, wheedling, etc: A flimsy excuse or transparent lie is called ''a song and dance''/ Some bum will brace you with a long song of utter inconsequence (1895+)

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Idioms and Phrases with song and dance

song and dance

An elaborate story or effort to explain and justify something, or to deceive and mislead someone. For example, Do you really believe his song and dance about the alarm not going off, being stopped for speeding, and then the car breaking down? or At every annual meeting the chairman goes through the same song and dance about the company's great future plans. This term originally referred to a vaudeville act featuring song and dance. [ Late 1800s ]
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