[ raz-uh l-daz-uh l ]
/ ˈræz əlˈdæz əl /

noun Informal.

showiness, brilliance, or virtuosity in technique or effect, often without concomitant substance or worth; flashy theatricality: The razzle-dazzle of the essay's metaphors cannot disguise its shallowness of thought.
Chiefly Football. deceptive action typically consisting of a series of complex maneuvers, as a double reverse or hand-off, usually executed in a flashy manner: a team relying more on power and speed than razzle-dazzle.
confusion, commotion, or riotous gaiety.


impressively opulent or decorative, especially in a new way; showy; flashy; eye-catching: a shopping center lined with razzle-dazzle boutiques.
energetic, dynamic, or innovative: razzle-dazzle technology; a razzle-dazzle sales pitch.

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Origin of razzle-dazzle

First recorded in 1890–95; rhyming compound based on dazzle
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razzmatazz (ˈræzməˈtæz)

/ (ˈræzəlˈdæzəl) /


slang noisy or showy fuss or activity

Word Origin for razzle-dazzle

C19: rhyming compound based on dazzle
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