bal·​ly·​hoo | \ ˈba-lē-ˌhü \
plural ballyhoos

Definition of ballyhoo

1 : a noisy attention-getting demonstration or talk
2 : flamboyant, exaggerated, or sensational promotion or publicity
3 : excited commotion

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ballyhoo transitive verb

Examples of ballyhoo in a Sentence

it turned out that the ballyhoo was the result of a movie being filmed on the street the usual ballyhoo intended to fill the seats at megaplexes around the country

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Trolling ballyhoo and drifting with live baits is a good way to ease into things. Mark Blythe,, "Fishing 101: Learn how to start fishing in Central Florida," 11 July 2018 Stanczyk trolls rigged ballyhoo, plastic squid and feathers to locate schools of dolphin. Steve Waters, miamiherald, "“Mahi Madness:” Some tips on taking advantage of Dolphin fishing in the Florida Keys | Miami Herald," 18 May 2018 As expected, much of the ballyhoo in the enormous exhibit hall was about assault rifles, revolvers and baseball caps featuring the emblems of numerous gun, knife and sporting goods manufacturers. Gordon Dickson, star-telegram, "Gold bars and coins worth millions from a ship wreck found at NRA meeting in Dallas | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 4 May 2018 And after much ballyhoo, it was revealed that 2019 will be the year of King Greg and King Marty. Michael Dumas,, "Show Us Your Mardi Gras Gowns: LaShe's embark on an 'Underwater Fantasy'," 7 Feb. 2018 The homogeneity and innocence necessary for Bernays’s brand of ballyhoo has vanished. Los Angeles Magazine, "Harvey Weinstein’s New Crisis PR Man Once Handled Rush Limbaugh, R. Kelly, and Accused Catholic Priests," 19 Dec. 2017 Much has been the ballyhoo, and this superb show earns it. John Timpane,, "'Lights Out' at People's Light: Dulé Hill in Nat 'King' Cole's agony and ecstasy," 19 Oct. 2017 Expectations were stoked by months of hype and ballyhoo, with almost 11 million social media posts about the eclipse in the last seven days, according to Talkwalker Inc., a social media analytics company in New York. Robert Lee Hotz, WSJ, "Millions in U.S. Look Skyward During Solar Eclipse," 21 Aug. 2017 No rematch, no do-over, no more circuit of coarse promotion and ballyhoo. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Mayweather-McGregor tells more about sports fans than it does the fighters," 27 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of ballyhoo

1901, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ballyhoo

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The first known use of ballyhoo was in 1901

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English Language Learners Definition of ballyhoo

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

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to express emotion in a dramatic way

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