song and dance

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song and dance

1. A long and elaborate explanation or presentation. Primarily heard in US. The whole song and dance to introduce the keynote speaker lasted longer than her speech!
2. A long and elaborate explanation told with the intent to deceive someone or justify something. When I questioned her about her tardiness, she gave me some song and dance about her car breaking down.
See also: and, dance, song

song and dance

An elaborate story or effort to explain and justify something, or to deceive and mislead someone. For example, Do you really believe his song and dance about the alarm not going off, being stopped for speeding, and then the car breaking down? or At every annual meeting the chairman goes through the same song and dance about the company's great future plans . This term originally referred to a vaudeville act featuring song and dance. [Late 1800s]
See also: and, dance, song

song and dance

1 a fuss or commotion. informal 2 a long explanation that is pointless or deliberately evasive. North American informal
See also: and, dance, song
References in classic literature ?
Lady," he said, "dat gent on de oder bench sent yer a song and dance by me.
A Song and Dance G Ashwell B Ballet Lydia Brodie B Character, B National, B Song and Dance J Sierant C Ballet, C Character, C National O Bradbury C Tap B Jones C Song and Dance N Cullen D Song and Dance L Gay F Ballet, F Character, F Modern, F Song and Dance A Brodie Junior Classical Duets L Brodie and J Sierant Junior Song and Dance Duets L Brodie and J Sierant Junior Cabaret Duets E Homewood and L Brodie Intermediate Cabaret Duets N Cullen and J Sierant Senior Classical Duets E Sykes and R Smith Junior Cabaret Trios T Badejo, E Homewood and L Brodie.
Sometimes, if a city has a song and dance company but no professional dance academy, one of the other cities will agree to train dancers for that company.