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ballyhoo

[ noun bal-ee-hoo; verb bal-ee-hoo, bal-ee-hoo ]
/ noun ˈbæl iˌhu; verb ˈbæl iˌhu, ˌbæl iˈhu /
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noun, plural bal·ly·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·ly·hooed, bal·ly·hoo·ing.
to advertise or push by ballyhoo.
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Origin of ballyhoo

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

ballyhoo
/ (ˌbælɪˈhuː) /

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
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