dog and pony show


noun Informal.

an elaborate sales, advertising, or publicity presentation or campaign.

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Origin of dog and pony show

First recorded in 1965–70

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Idioms and Phrases with dog and pony show

dog-and-pony show

An elaborate presentation to gain approval for a product or policy. For example, The administration loved putting on a dog-and-pony show for every minor change of policy. This term alludes to a traveling variety show. [1950s]

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