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razzle-dazzle

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

adjective

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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razzamatazz, razzberry, razzia, razzie, razzle, razzle-dazzle, razzmatazz, rb, rb-, rbc, rbe

Origin of razzle-dazzle

First recorded in 1890–95; rhyming compound based on dazzle
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British Dictionary definitions for razzle-dazzle

razzle-dazzle

razzmatazz (ˈræzməˈtæz)

/ (ˈræzəlˈdæzəl) /

noun

slang noisy or showy fuss or activity

Word Origin for razzle-dazzle

C19: rhyming compound based on dazzle
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Word Origin and History for razzle-dazzle

razzle-dazzle


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