[ noun bal-ee-hoo; verb bal-ee-hoo, bal-ee-hoo ]
/ noun 藞b忙l i藢hu; verb 藞b忙l i藢hu, 藢b忙l i藞hu /
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noun, plural bal路ly路hoos.
a clamorous and vigorous attempt to win customers or advance any cause; blatant advertising or publicity.
clamor or outcry.
a halfbeak, Hemiramphus brasiliensis, inhabiting both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.
verb (used with or without object), bal路ly路hooed, bal路ly路hoo路ing.
to advertise or push by ballyhoo.
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Origin of ballyhoo

An Americanism dating back to 1830鈥40; of uncertain origin
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British Dictionary definitions for ballyhoo

/ (藢b忙l瑟藞hu藧) /

noun informal
a noisy, confused, or nonsensical situation or uproar
sensational or blatant advertising or publicity
verb -hoos, -hooing or -hooed
(tr) mainly US to advertise or publicize by sensational or blatant methods

Word Origin for ballyhoo

C19: of uncertain origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012