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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
Megillah came to English from the Hebrew məgillāh meaning “scroll” by way of the Yiddish megile.