phonus bolonus


pho·​nus bo·​lo·​nus
: pretentious falsity : piffle, tripe
all the stylish humbug he is fond of calling phonus bolonusNew York Times
: chicanery, skulduggery, trickery
it was owing to some phonus bolonus on his part that the conflagration had been unleashedP. G. Wodehouse

Word History


alteration of phony baloney

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“Phonus bolonus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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