Origin of baloney
Examples from the Web for baloney
In recent years, that ancient sales tactic has been easy to dismiss as baloney.
“Stop the baloney, Leslie,” said the tall, red-haired general famed for his hawkishness.The Forgotten Cold War: 20 Years Later, Myths About U.S. Victory Persist|Leslie H. Gelb|December 24, 2011|DAILY BEAST
And he squeezed my mom nine times, as if she was a baloney or something!GOP Debates: Why They Baffle Democrats and Charm Republicans|Lee Siegel|November 24, 2011|DAILY BEAST
The hypocrisy here is monumental, even by traditional foreign-policy standards of baloney.
Baloney and wishful thinking aside, the MB would be calamitous for U.S. security.
Sometimes I come close to thinking it's a lot of baloney trying to be any decent kind of Demon, even a good Entertainer.The Big Time|Fritz Reuter Leiber
I am saying—and I am going to stick to my story—that Lee is an agent, then a lot of this is a lot of baloney.Warren Commission (1 of 26): Hearings Vol. I (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
But you had been talking to some liar in Dallas who has been feeding you all this baloney about me.Warren Commission (5 of 26): Hearings Vol. V (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
Word Origin for baloney
1894, variant of bologna sausage (q.v.). As slang for "nonsense," 1922, American English (popularized 1930s by N.Y. Gov. Alfred E. Smith; in this sense sometimes said to have been one of the coinages of legendary "Variety" staffer Jack Conway), from earlier sense of "idiot" (by 1915), perhaps influenced by blarney, but usually regarded as being from the sausage, as a type traditionally made from odds and ends. It also was ring slang early 20c. for an inferior fighter.
The aristocratic Kid's first brawl for sugar was had in Sandusky, Odryo, with a boloney entitled Young Du Fresne. He gave the green and nervous Kid a proper pastin' for six rounds and the disgusted Dummy sold me his find for a hundred bucks, leavin' the clubhouse just in time to miss seein' the boy get stung, get mad, and win by a knockout. [H.C. Witwer, "The Leather Pushers," "Colliers," Oct. 16, 1920]