Advertisement

Advertisement

View synonyms for dog and pony show

dog and pony show

noun

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


Discover More

Word History and Origins

Origin of dog and pony show1

First recorded in 1965–70

Discover More

Idioms and Phrases

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]

Discover More

Example Sentences

Is putting on a little dog-and-pony show every now and then detracting from the feminist cause?

Advertisement

Word of the Day

axolotl

[ak-suh-lot-l ]

Meaning and examples

Start each day with the Word of the Day in your inbox!

By clicking "Sign Up", you are accepting Dictionary.com Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policies.

Definitions and idiom definitions from Dictionary.com Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Idioms from The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement