dog and pony show

noun

Definition of dog and pony show

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

Examples of dog and pony show in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This dog and pony show three months later is a cynical move, implying that those who make such decisions don’t believe Alabama or Auburn fans will show up for a basketball game if there’s no football connection. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "AL.com All-Access: In which I attempt to discuss basketball," 13 Feb. 2020 That meant the company bypassed the dog and pony show that comes with more typical IPOs, in which companies reveal extensive financial information and work with a major bank to go public. Jackie Wattles, CNN, "Commercial spaceflight is no longer a pipe dream. Here's what's next," 17 Jan. 2020 This Scottish island group is a real dog and pony show. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "U.K. Maps Now Required to Give the Shetland Archipelago Some Respect," 15 Oct. 2018 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

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1949, in the meaning defined above

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“Dog and pony show.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dog%20and%20pony%20show. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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