: a classroom exercise in which children display an item and talk about it
: a public display or demonstration

Examples of show-and-tell in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One student pulled out all the stops for a show-and-tell at Abbott Elementary. Stephanie Wenger, Peoplemag, 11 Mar. 2024 Cooper appeared as himself during the episode, popping up as a student’s show-and-tell project. Althea Legaspi, Rolling Stone, 11 Mar. 2024 This is a fall show-and-tell for parents at El Sistema Colorado, a free music school that prioritizes kids from low-income families. Sarah Matusek, The Christian Science Monitor, 18 Dec. 2023 But they’re no longer distributed by pamphlets or at temple show-and-tell sessions. Parth M.n., WIRED, 23 Nov. 2023 Semrai introduced his program a few days later at Friends and Family Demo Day, a kind of show-and-tell for Stanford’s undergraduate developer community. Christopher Beam, WIRED, 14 Sep. 2023 Instead, her small team of 11 needed to invigorate themselves for a high-stakes show-and-tell to persuade the wealthy backers of her $1.5 billion firm that—even as the crypto industry lay in tatters—everything was going according to plan. Leo Schwartz, Fortune, 2 Aug. 2023 The ribbons on both of them are worn now, according to Mike, in part from so many years of so children trying them on at those show-and-tells. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, 9 June 2023 Last week, Meta’s IAB Newfront presentation—their annual show-and-tell to inspire marketing executives to advertise with the company—was predominantly focused on Reels and creators. Alexandra Sternlicht, Fortune, 9 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1941, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of show-and-tell was in 1941

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“Show-and-tell.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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