Origin of shaggy-dog story
How to use shaggy-dog story in a sentence
The story of fluoridation reads like a postmodern fable, and the moral is clear: a scientific discovery might seem like a boon.
But along with the cartoon funk is an all-too-real story of police brutality embodied by a horde of evil Pigs.‘Black Dynamite’ Presents Police Brutality: The Musical|Stereo Williams|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Whatever the FBI says, the truthers will create alternative hypotheses that try to challenge the ‘official story.’
In its attempt to discredit the story, the JPO inadvertently confirmed that fact.
And extortion makes a lot more sense before a story hits the news wire, not after.
A little boy of four was moved to passionate grief at the sight of a dead dog taken from a pond.Children's Ways|James Sully
A was an Archer, who shot at a frog; B was a Butcher, and had a great dog.
Nothing but an extreme love of truth could have hindered me from concealing this part of my story.Gulliver's Travels|Jonathan Swift
A few moments afterward he was seen dragging his own trunk ashore, while Mr. Hitchcock finished his story on the boiler deck.
The dog stood with hanging head and tail, as if ashamed he had let so many of his enemies get away unharmed.The Courier of the Ozarks|Byron A. Dunn
British Dictionary definitions for shaggy-dog story
Other Idioms and Phrases with shaggy-dog story
A long drawn-out anecdote with an absurd or anticlimactic ending. For example, At first he had us laughing wildly at his shaggy-dog stories, but after the third or fourth we found them tiresome. The term alludes to a well-known series of such stories, which involved a talking dog. [c. 1940]