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Sunday, December 09, 2001

foofaraw

\FOO-fuh-raw\ , noun;
1.
a great fuss or disturbance about something very insignificant.
2.
an excessive amount of decoration or ornamentation, as on a piece of clothing, a building, etc.
Quotes:
“Don't set your heart on any more such foofaraw,” the captain warned her.
-- Stephen Harrigan, The Gates of the Alamo, 2000
People in this country are more determined than ever not to get snookered into another foreign foofaraw.
-- Peter Quinn, The Hour of the Cat, 2005
Origin:
The origin of foofaraw is uncertain, but it may be related to the French word fanfaron meaning "boastful." It entered English in the 1930s.
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