make a song and dance about (something)

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of make a song and dance about (something)

British, informal
1 :to cause a lot of excitement about (something)
  • The film is nothing to make a song and dance about.
2 :to complain about (something) in a way that is excessive or unnecessary
  • He was making a big song and dance about the new regulations.

Word by Word Definitions

make play
  1. : behave, act

  2. : to begin or seem to begin (an action)

  3. : to cause to happen to or be experienced by someone

  1. : the manner or style in which a thing is constructed

  2. : brand

  3. : the physical, mental, or moral constitution of a person

song play
  1. : the act or art of singing

  2. : poetical composition

  3. : a short musical composition of words and music

dance play
  1. : to move one's body rhythmically usually to music : to engage in or perform a dance (see 2dance 2)

  2. : to move or seem to move up and down or about in a quick or lively manner

  3. : to perform or take part in as a dancer

  1. : an act or instance of moving one's body rhythmically usually to music : an act or instance of dancing (see 1dance 1)

  2. : a series of rhythmic and patterned bodily movements usually performed to music

  3. : a social gathering for dancing

something play
  1. : some indeterminate or unspecified thing

  2. : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number

  3. : a person or thing of consequence

  1. : in some degree : somewhat

  2. used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective


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