Dog-and-pony show - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
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An elaborate presentation to gain approval for a product or policy. For example, The administration loved putting on a dog-and-pony show for every minor change of policy . This term alludes to a traveling variety show. [1950s]
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Jimmy Clausen didn't get overwhelmed by the dog-and-pony show
Notre Dame put on for him and the rest of the high school All-Americans it invited on unofficial visits this weekend in conjunction with its annual Blue and Gold spring scrimmage.
This dog-and-pony show
seems eons away from Watergate's gravity.