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gewgaw

A trinket, knick-knack, or bauble, typically one that is small and ornamental. I hope Aunt Louise doesn't give me another gewgaw for my birthday—I already have a shelf full of them!

geegaw

and gewgaw and googaw (ˈgigɔ and ˈgugɔ)
n. a gadget; a bauble. What do you do with these gewgaws? Hang them on a tree?

gewgaw

verb
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Such was the case with the duende-ridden Duse who deliberately sought out failures in order to turn them into triumphs, thanks to her capacity for invention; or with Paganini who, as Goethe explained, could make one hear profoundest melody in out-and-out vulgarity; or with a delectable young lady from the port of Santa Maria whom I saw singing and dancing the horrendous Italian ditty, "O Marie!" with such rhythms, such pauses, and such conviction that she transformed an Italian gewgaw into a hard serpent of raised gold.
Neither their domestics nor the soldiers of their guard ever showed a sign of silly deference to liveried servants.(15) The mass of the people, by degrees, formed the same habit and soon there was no longer seen a crowd of imbeciles stupefied at the sight of a diamond setting or some other gewgaw of this kind.
Next add the cost of new buildings, computers, software, personnel, office furniture and every other gewgaw and knickknack the Feds can think of, and the total cost could run into the tens of billions.
The bombilla is not a gewgaw, but rather an old, functional imbibing method for South American mate (also called Yerbamate, or spelled mate).
On my eighth birthday I vowed every school day thereafter would be a "silent night." No trinket of a teacher, no gewgaw of a penitent fellow pupil, no tricksy tormentor could crack the silence of me.
He stood and waded and waved, smiling, at the old shepherd in black pants and a carved stick in his hand, which itself looked carved; Ray, expensively muscular in his Valentino swim trunks, thought he was probably not much younger than this ancient peasant and suddenly his grief struck him as a costly gewgaw, beyond the means of the grievously hungry and hardworking world.
The eight dollars--that must be offered with the "fawning" and "cringing" a man of Houston's position would expect from a tenant farmer--represents the luxuries he might otherwise afford: a gallon of whiskey and "gewgaw finery" to stop his wife's and daughter's whining are forms of relish he longs for but cannot justify given his inadequate means.
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This gewgaw is central to the play's flimsy furbelow of a plot--as Anna herself might put it, obscurely.
Lewis, lobbed a bauble in the New Year Gewgaw List, captained Glamorgan to their second county championship in 1969.
Harvey claimed that he was planning to conduct medical research on the brain, and, in an agreement eventually struck with Hans Albert over the phone, he assured that the brain would only be the subject of medical journals and not become a pop-cultural gewgaw, as the Einsteins most feared.
After those huge illegal campaign contributions, what additional advantage could Riady have hoped for from such a gewgaw? Ose is just playing the political game--any stick with which to beat the other side--which the "scandal"-loving press happily plays along with.
Perhaps it's our blithely ongoing militarized state in combination with the creeping Germanicity of the gewgaw's corporate fundamentals, or the knowledge that the artist deploys the Kong model known as "Extreme," which the company advertises as "now being used worldwide by police K-9, drug enforcement, and military K-9 teams," that lycanthropizes the innocuous into the ominous: Steinbach's sculptures provide an opportunity to consider what might be called the unconscious of objects.
The connections, the connections, the connections." Beck, who (often in collaboration with Julie Ault) has long been engaged in plumbing the material, historical, and ideological specificities of exhibition practices, structures his own as a kind of hymnal to the detail par excellence: not just connections but literal connectors (system connector joints, a type of utilitarian gewgaw that links together other mass-produced parts, to be precise), which came into widespread use in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
But as realized, Pastor's unnatural natural disaster is both less portentous and less pat, exploding optimistically upward and outward in a sparkly gewgaw rush.