rigmarole

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rig·ma·role

noun \ˈri-gə-mə-ˌrōl, ˈrig-mə-\

: a long, complicated, and annoying process, description, etc.

Full Definition of RIGMAROLE

1
:  confused or meaningless talk
2
:  a complex and sometimes ritualistic procedure

Variants of RIGMAROLE

rig·ma·role also rig·a·ma·role \ˈri-gə-mə-ˌrōl, ˈrig-mə-\

Examples of RIGMAROLE

  1. We had to go through the rigmarole of installing, registering, and activating the software before we found out it wouldn't work.
  2. He just told us what to do without all the usual rigamarole.

Origin of RIGMAROLE

alteration of obsolete ragman roll long list, catalog
First Known Use: circa 1736

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