shaggy dog story

shaggy-dog story

[shag-ee-dawg, -dog]
noun
a funny story, traditionally about a talking dog, that, after an often long and involved narration of unimportant incidents, has an absurd or irrelevant punch line.

Origin:
1945–50

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shaggy dog story
 
n
informal a long rambling joke ending in a deliberate anticlimax, such as a pointless punch line

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