dog and pony show

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Definition of dog and pony show 

: an often elaborate public relations or sales presentation also : an elaborate or overblown affair or event

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What then transpired might have been one of the biggest dog and pony shows that amounted to nothing. Stephen A. Crockett Jr., The Root, "The NBA Draft Is Over and LiAngelo Ball Is Still Without a Team," 22 June 2018 The annual dog and pony show that is the TV upfronts kicks off on Monday, but among the ticker tape cannons and smoke machines, this year’s bonanza also looks set to be shrouded in a cloud of confusion. Lara O’reilly, WSJ, "CMO Today: Uncertainty Ahead Of the Upfronts; Fox Earnings; Beer Sales Slump," 10 May 2018 Networks could save a lot of money (and embarrassment) by simply announcing their new slate of shows without the whole dog and pony show (which begins May 14 this year). Nina Metz, chicagotribune.com, "Renewals and pilot pickup annoucements are coming soon. What this TV season can tell us about the next.," 25 Apr. 2018 Catie Turner Quirky, bespectacled Catie seemed amusing a few weeks back, at the onset of this dog and pony show. Robbie Daw, Billboard, "'American Idol' Recap: Ryan Seacrest Sings & Cade Foehner Rocks the Top 24 (Critic's Take)," 9 Apr. 2018 However, the dog and pony show also helps team's project where and when a player could be drafted. Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "How did TCU players fare at the 2018 NFL Combine? | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 6 Mar. 2018 What to watch: Not quite a dog and pony show, but this matchup of Thoroughbreds and Wildcats is for the Newport Fireman’s Bell trophy, and also the two seed in Class 2A, District 6. James Weber, Cincinnati.com, "What to watch: Week 9 of prep football," 19 Oct. 2017

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1949, in the meaning defined above

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