phonus bolonus

pho·nus bo·lo·nus | \ˈfōnəsbəˈlōnəs\

Definition of phonus bolonus 

1 : pretentious falsity : piffle, tripe all the stylish humbug he is fond of calling phonus bolonusNew York Times

2 : chicanery, skulduggery, trickery it was owing to some phonus bolonus on his part that the conflagration had been unleashed— P. G. Wodehouse

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alteration of phony baloney

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