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lot of hooey, a

Complete nonsense, total rubbish. The precise origin of the slangy noun hooey has been lost, but its meaning dates from the early 1900s. Elmer Rice had a version of it in his Pulitzer Prize–winning play, Street Scene (1928): “T’hell with all that hooey.” James M. Cain virtually defined it in The Postman Always Rings Twice (1934): “It’s just a lot of hooey that this guy thought up so that he could fool the judge.”
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So you have to swallow a whole lot of hooey to thoroughly let go and enjoy The Greatest Showman, silencing the part of you that wants to know the 'real' story, minus the hip-hop beats.
She talks a lot of hooey about "being on a journey" to find herself.
But to paraphrase the First Minister himself when he dismissed David Cameron's oil claims last week, what a lot of hooey.
"A distressed tree produces more fruit," Tommy said, which sounded like a lot of hooey. The Chungs' yard bore ramshackle proof of what Tommy didn't know--or care--about gardening.
If you think that's a lot of hooey, you will relish Fine's Delusions of Gender: a fiercely argued and witty expose of what she calls neurosexism.
I fell for you in a big way, and if you'll be on the level I'll give everybody the go by for you and that isn't a lot of hooey either'.
By Kevin Cowherd So that whole business about drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day is a lot of hooey?It doesn't really make you any healthier?
It's called the "African Bible Study method," and I think that's a calumny against both Africans and the Bible; I think much of it's a lot of hooey and nonsense.
He said, ``There's a lot of hooey on the internet, and a lot that's rude.
"Yeah, you showed it to me, and I thought it was a lot of hooey then and I think it's a lot of hooey now!" Zeke answered.
Lawrence would be the archetype of Life Illusion in created action, and Philip Larkin all his life loved and admired both Lawrence and Cowper Powys, while at the same time taking the line, along with Kingsley Amis and others of 'the Movement', that all that sort of thing was a lot of hooey. But Larkin's poetry is in fact full of its own evasive mysticism and numinosity, its own Life Illusion.
If this sounds like a lot of hooey to you, let's look beyond the surface of the event.