a shaggy dog story

a shaggy dog story

a joke which is a long story with a silly end My grandad insists on telling these shaggy dog stories, which nobody finds funny except him.
See also: dog, shaggy, story
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IT sounds like a shaggy dog story, but a Birmingham vets is dealing with a staggering increase in pooches who have swallowed underpants.
BOOKMAKERS were barking mad yesterday after a shaggy dog story involving Co Stompe saw them pay a heavy price, writes Steve Davies.
Now Hugh Hughes - the naif alter-ego of "artistic collaborator" Shon Dale-Jones - is back with a shaggy dog story about the changing parameters of friendship and the need to nurture the eternal child within.
JAMES FAGHY'S hobby was more than just a shaggy dog story.
He may or may not have a beard but as for being a wolfman, that's just a shaggy dog story.
A SHAGGY dog story, set in Edwardian England, that will warm the cockles of your heart.
Whether Scotland's first pet undertaker is indeed the first (and several viewers have been in touch to claim otherwise) or whether Auntie told us a bit of a shaggy dog story, the film showed one thing which more and more of us believe to be true.
But now Sunday Mirror Sport can reveal that all the talk about Pickles sniffing out the trophy was no more than a shaggy dog story.
But I suppose if someone told us to invest pounds 10 and earn millions in return we would think it was a shaggy dog story.
A SHAGGY DOG story with outstanding pedigree, ``Because of Winn-Dixie'' won't disappoint any elementary school kid or the moms and dads who treasure their dog-eared copies of Kate DiCamillo's Newbery-honored children's novel.
COLETTE Turner has turned a shaggy dog story into an online success, run in her spare time from her Netherton home.
It sounds like a shaggy dog story, but Susie Law claims the classes help immature mutts develop into responsible hounds.
IT was a shaggy dog story for Gwen Stefani as the rock babe took her prized pooch for a stroll through a London park yesterday.
HERE'S a shaggy dog story guaranteed to put a smile on Jim Traynor's torn coupon.
But judging by our pics, it may be a shaggy dog story.