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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Definitions for whoop-de-do

  1. Informal. lively and noisy festivities; merrymaking: New Year's Eve whoop-de-do.
  2. Informal. heated discussion or debate, especially in public: a whoop-de-do over the new tax bill.
  3. Informal. extravagant publicity or fanfare: the whoop-de-do of a movie premiere.

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Citations for whoop-de-do
The 1497 whoop-de-do turned out to be no fun at all. William Safire, "On Language: Title Search," New York Times, March 5, 1989
Tonight's a big Georgetown party night. ... You know. Frats. Alumni. Lots of politicos. Come down here for a big whoop-de-do. William Bernhardt, Capitol Murder, 2006
Origin of whoop-de-do
Whoop-de-do is an Americanism of uncertain origin. It entered English in the 1920s.