shaggy–dog

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adjective shag·gy–dog \ˌsha-gē-ˈdȯg\

Definition of shaggy–dog

  1. :  of, relating to, or being a long-drawn-out circumstantial story concerning an inconsequential happening that impresses the teller as humorous or interesting but the hearer as boring and pointless; also :  of, relating to, or being a similar humorous story whose humor lies in the pointlessness or irrelevance of the plot or punch line a shaggy–dog comedy

1946

First Known Use of shaggy–dog

1946



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