[ hoop-lah ]
/ ˈhup lɑ /

noun Informal.

bustling excitement or activity; commotion; hullabaloo; to-do.
sensational publicity; ballyhoo.
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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British Dictionary definitions for hoopla

/ (ˈhuːplɑː) /


British a fairground game in which a player tries to throw a hoop over an object and so win it
US and Canadian slang noise; bustle
US slang nonsense; ballyhoo

Word Origin for hoopla

C20: see whoop, la ²
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