song-dance

song and dance

noun
a story or statement, especially an untrue or misleading one designed to evade the matter at hand: Every time he's late, he gives me a song and dance about oversleeping.

Origin:
1870–75, Americanism

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song and dance
 
n
1.  (Brit) a fuss, esp one that is unnecessary
2.  (US), (Canadian) a long or elaborate story or explanation, esp one that is evasive

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