phonus bolonus

noun pho·nus bo·lo·nus \ˈfōnəsbəˈlōnəs\

Definition of phonus bolonus

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

  2. 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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Origin and Etymology of phonus bolonus

alteration of phony baloney


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