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[huhl-uh-buh-loo] /ˈhʌl ə bəˌlu/
noun, plural hullabaloos.
a clamorous noise or disturbance; uproar.
Origin of hullabaloo
1750-60; apparently variant of haloobaloo, rhyming compound based on Scots baloo lullaby Unabridged
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  • All of this hullabaloo can't disguise the fact that service at the counter is spotty, at best.
  • All the hullabaloo for over half a decade, and it ends with a whimper.
  • The whole thing takes about two and a half hours to navigate but is well worth all the necessary hullabaloo.
  • In which case, the current hullabaloo should not matter.
  • The hullabaloo has landed her a few new listings, she said.
  • For starters, there's all that hullabaloo about how a julep should be served.
  • For all the hullabaloo, though, these flights marked only an incremental advance.
  • With all the hullabaloo, it was easy to lose sight of what the bills would actually do.
  • Despite all that hullabaloo, however, a few fragrances are taking a decidedly sane approach to image and sales.
British Dictionary definitions for hullabaloo


noun (pl) -loos
loud confused noise, esp of protest; commotion
Word Origin
C18: perhaps from interjection hallo + Scottish baloo lullaby
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Word Origin and History for hullabaloo

1762, hollo-ballo "uproar," chiefly in northern England and Scottish, perhaps a rhyming reduplication of hollo (see hello).

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