a dog and pony show

a dog and pony show

  (American)
a show or other event that has been organized in order to get people's support or to persuade them to buy something The film is part of the dog and pony show the company puts on for the benefit of foreign journalists.
See also: and, dog, pony, show
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For once, I would like to see our government work the way it's supposed to -- without a dog and pony show.
Until we throw some crooks out of office, these convictions are just a dog and pony show.
This is just a dog and pony show to make us think there's an investigation,'' charged Agustin Cebada, a member of the Aztlan Liberation Organization.
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