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Examples of brouhaha in a Sentence
A brouhaha erupted over her statements about the president.
There's been a lot of brouhaha about her statements.
Recent Examples of brouhaha from the Web
Back in 2007, in the wake of the brouhaha over James Frey’s fabricated memoirs, David Sedaris received some flak for straying from the strictly factual in his personal narratives – yet classifying them as nonfiction rather than fiction.
Some houseguests were also talking about a brouhaha involving Lowder.
Hamilton deftly captures the mainstream Egyptian media’s complicity in whipping up a pro-military frenzy, as with the brouhaha over the army’s supposed invention of a cure for AIDS by means of a taser that, when fired, zaps it out of your system.
So what triggered this latest brouhaha—the one that's shut Qatar's land borders (Saudi Arabia controls that), has caused families to be torn apart, and threatens to destabilize an already dicey area?
The most recent political brouhaha that crashed markets on May 18 also interrupted the airline industry’s momentum internationally.
That brouhaha delayed the agency’s application for federal tax credits by a year.
Before the most recent political brouhaha, Rangel had a bullish view for the real.
Saturday’s festivities marked the 10th annual iteration of the brouhaha.
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Did You Know?
There is a bit of a brouhaha over the etymology of brouhaha. Some etymologists think the word is onomatopoeic in origin, but others believe it comes from the Hebrew phrase bārŪkh habbā’, meaning "blessed be he who enters" (Psalms 118:26). Although we borrowed our spelling and meaning of brouhaha directly from French in the late 19th century, etymologists have connected the French derivation to that frequently recited Hebrew phrase, distorted to something like brouhaha by worshippers whose knowledge of Hebrew was limited. Thus, once out of the synagogue, the word first meant "a noisy confusion of sound" - a sense that was later extended to refer to any tumultuous and confused situation.
Origin and Etymology of brouhaha
First Known Use: 1890See Words from the same year
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Definition of brouhaha for English Language Learners
: great excitement or concern about something
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