show and tell

noun
1.
an activity for young children, especially in school, in which each participant produces an object of unusual interest and tells something about it.
2.
Facetious. any informative presentation or demonstration, as to introduce a new product or divulge and explain a special plan.

Origin:
1950–55

show-and-tell, adjective
show-and-teller, noun
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show and tell definition


  1. n.
    a session where objects are presented and described. (Essentially a kindergarten or grade school activity.) : It was a short lecture with lots of show and tell.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Idioms & Phrases

show and tell

A public presentation or display, as in It was a terrible bore, what with their show and tell of every last detail about their trip around the world. This expression originated in the 1940s to describe a learning exercise for young children, in which each child in a group brings some object to show the others and talks about it.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
While people may not consider us charlatans anymore, they probably think there is still too much show and tell and gloss.
Upon arrival, editors engage in the exercise of show and tell.
Each gathering usually starts with a scheduled show and tell project and then moves on to an actual weaving lesson.
Host a creative hobby day, a show and tell event for creative elders.
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