razzle-dazzle

noun

raz·​zle-daz·​zle ˌra-zəl-ˈda-zəl How to pronounce razzle-dazzle (audio)
1
: a state of confusion or hilarity
2
: a complex maneuver (as in sports) designed to confuse an opponent
3
: a confusing or colorful often gaudy action or display
razzle-dazzle adjective

Examples of razzle-dazzle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Music Usher brings quick-cut razzle-dazzle to the Super Bowl halftime show Feb. 11, 2024 Usher went on to marry fashion designer Tameka Foster in 2007. Alexandra Del Rosario, Los Angeles Times, 15 Feb. 2024 Fox, from its earliest days under the talk-show producer turned political operative Roger Ailes, cultivated a sense of razzle-dazzle. James Poniewozik, New York Times, 3 Feb. 2024 Together, the three stars perfectly encapsulated a glitzy, razzle-dazzle holiday spirit. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 10 Dec. 2023 The two connected for a 42-yard gain — adding a razzle-dazzle wrinkle to the string of big plays given up by the Aztecs defense this season. Kirk Kenney, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Nov. 2023 Dialing up the razzle-dazzle was a big emphasis for executive producer Salli Richardson-Whitfield, who directed the Season 2 premiere and its final two episodes. Variety, NBC News, 18 Sep. 2023 The turnaround started with razzle-dazzle as Slovis threw a long lateral to Parker Kingston on the right edge. Tom Murphy, Arkansas Online, 17 Sep. 2023 The Kansas City Chiefs quarterback led his team to a Super Bowl victory in February, performing razzle-dazzle sidearm throws and scrambles despite an ankle sprain. Jen Murphy, WSJ, 9 Sep. 2023 Jump to: Define the Scope of Your Renovation Reach Out to Contracting Firms Do Your Research Ask for Bids Verify Insurance Coverage and Licenses Renovating one’s home can have all the excitement and razzle-dazzle of a root canal. ELLE Decor, 30 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

reduplication of dazzle

First Known Use

1885, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of razzle-dazzle was in 1885

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Cite this Entry

“Razzle-dazzle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/razzle-dazzle. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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