dog and pony show
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
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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