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Examples of rigmarole in a Sentence
We had to go through the rigmarole of installing, registering, and activating the software before we found out it wouldn't work.
He just told us what to do without all the usual rigamarole.
Recent Examples of rigmarole from the Web
Certain direct-to-consumer brands such as Away and Barracuda—both of whose bags are equipped with all-important ejectable batteries—have taken care to make the airport rigmarole less, not more, stressful.
If Superman can just fly backwards and turn back the clock, why bother going through the rigmarole of fighting bad guys?
This has been going on -- this rigmarole, as my mother used to say, has been going on for a long time.
Eagles fans, meanwhile, will likely face the usual rigmarole.
However, in the heart of the holiday season, that rigmarole is somehow interrupted by a 14-year-old.
Baggage or no baggage, the rigmarole is nothing short of exhausting.
Only after this rigmarole will Greycroft open its purse and bless the startup with an investment of anywhere up to $30 million, made in federation with other VC firms.
This rigmarole has grown de rigueur enough to inspire a meme.
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Did You Know?
In the Middle Ages, the term Rageman or Ragman referred to a game in which a player randomly selected a string attached to a roll of verses and read the selected verse. The roll was called a Ragman roll after a fictional king purported to be the author of the verses. By the 16th century, ragman and ragman roll were being used figuratively to mean "a list or catalog." Both terms fell out of written use, but ragman roll persisted in speech, and in the 18th century it resurfaced in writing as rigmarole, with the meaning "a succession of confused, meaningless, or foolish statements." In the mid-19th century rigmarole (also spelled rigamarole, reflecting its common pronunciation) acquired its most recent sense, "a complex and ritualistic procedure."
RIGMAROLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of rigmarole for English Language Learners
: a long, complicated, and annoying process, description, etc.
RIGMAROLE Defined for Kids
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