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noun Informal.
  1. bustling excitement or activity; commotion; hullabaloo; to-do.
  2. sensational publicity; ballyhoo.
  3. speech or writing intended to mislead or to obscure an issue.

Origin of hoopla

First recorded in 1865–70, hoopla is from the French word houp-là! command (as to a child) to move, take a step
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  1. British a fairground game in which a player tries to throw a hoop over an object and so win it
  2. US and Canadian slang noise; bustle
  3. US slang nonsense; ballyhoo

Word Origin for hoopla

C20: see whoop, la ²
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Word Origin and History for hoopla

1877, hoop la, American English, earlier houp-la, exclamation accompanying quick movement (1870), of unknown origin, perhaps borrowed from French houp-là "upsy-daisy," also a cry to dogs, horses, etc.

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