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Monday, September 27, 2010

Definitions for rigmarole

  1. An elaborate or complicated procedure.
  2. Confused, incoherent, foolish, or meaningless talk.

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Citations for rigmarole
"My dear young lady," I groaned, "you don't want to be stripped of every dollar for such a "rigmarole!" Henry James, Four Meetings
"It's a rigmarole because the boy is a Rigmarole and we've come to Rigmarole Town." Frank Baum, The Emerald City of Oz
Origin of rigmarole
Rigmarole is an unusual alteration of the Middle English phrase ragman roll, which refers to a "long list or catalog."