razzle-dazzle

razzle-dazzle

[raz-uhl-daz-uhl]
noun Informal.
1.
showiness, brilliance, or virtuosity in technique or effect, often without concomitant substance or worth; flashy theatricality: The razzle-dazzle of the essay's metaphors cannot disguise its shallowness of thought.
2.
Chiefly Football. deceptive action typically consisting of a series of complex maneuvers, as a double reverse or hand-off, usually executed in a flashy manner: a team relying more on power and speed than razzle-dazzle.
3.
confusion, commotion, or riotous gaiety.
adjective
4.
impressively opulent or decorative, especially in a new way; showy; flashy; eye-catching: a shopping center lined with razzle-dazzle boutiques.
5.
energetic, dynamic, or innovative: razzle-dazzle technology; a razzle-dazzle sales pitch.

Origin:
1890–95; rhyming compound based on dazzle

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razzle-dazzle or razzmatazz (ˈræzəlˈdæzəl, ˈræzməˈtæz)
 
n
slang noisy or showy fuss or activity
 
[C19: rhyming compound based on dazzle]
 
razzmatazz or razzmatazz
 
n
 
[C19: rhyming compound based on dazzle]

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razzle-dazzle
1889, Amer.Eng. slang, varied reduplication of dazzle (q.v.).
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