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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Definitions for megillah

  1. Slang. a) a lengthy and tediously complicated situation or matter. b) a lengthy, detailed explanation or account: Just give me the facts, not the whole megillah.
  2. (italics) Hebrew. a scroll, especially one containing the Book of Esther. Others are the Book of Ecclesiastes, the Song of Solomon, the Book of Ruth, and the Book of Lamentations.

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Citations for megillah
"You think this will make a good book?" "Your friend Tex, you mean?" "Everything that's happening, the whole megillah. Who'd believe what's going on right this minute? ..." William Kennedy, Changó's Beads and Two-Tone Shoes, 2011
There used to be a whole megillah about the language of the flowers, you'd send irises and a rose and a hunk of Queen Anne's lace and it meant I am panting for you, or some such. Theodore Sturgeon, "Necessary and Sufficient," Galaxy Science Fiction, April 1971
Origin of megillah
1950-1955
Megillah came to English from the Hebrew məgillāh meaning “scroll” by way of the Yiddish megile.