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ballyhoo

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noun bal·ly·hoo \ˈba-lē-ˌhü\

Simple Definition of ballyhoo

  • : talk or writing that is designed to get people excited or interested in something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of ballyhoo

plural

ballyhoos

  1. 1 :  a noisy attention-getting demonstration or talk

  2. 2 :  flamboyant, exaggerated, or sensational promotion or publicity

  3. 3 :  excited commotion

ballyhoo

transitive verb

Examples of ballyhoo in a sentence

  1. <it turned out that the ballyhoo was the result of a movie being filmed on the street>

  2. <the usual ballyhoo intended to fill the seats at megaplexes around the country>



Origin and Etymology of ballyhoo

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1901



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