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razzmatazz

[raz-muh-taz] /ˈræz məˈtæz/
noun, Informal.
1.
razzle-dazzle (def 1).
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900, Americanism; by alteration
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Examples from the web for razzmatazz
  • But, for all its razzmatazz, the play's final moment of celebration is unearned.
  • The mood at the annual motor show was sombre, the razzmatazz noticeable only by its absence.
  • We need the action to come with a lot more razzmatazz.
British Dictionary definitions for razzmatazz

razzle-dazzle

/ˈræzəlˈdæzəl/
noun
1.
(slang) noisy or showy fuss or activity
Word Origin
C19: rhyming compound based on dazzle
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Word Origin and History for razzmatazz
n.

1894, perhaps a varied reduplication of jazz (n.). The word had early associations with that kind of music (later especially in contrast to swing).

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Slang definitions & phrases for razzmatazz

razzmatazz

adjective

Spectacular; showy; dazzling; razzle-dazzle: a razzmatazz New Year's Eve bash

noun
  1. Swift and adroit deception; slick jugglery; razzle-dazzle: more glitter, more razzmatazz, more false human interest (1894+)
  2. Anything outdated, esp old and sentimental; corn, ricky-tick1: ''Razzmatazz'' is corny jazz (1950s+ Jazz talk)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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