song and dance


: a theatrical performance (such as a vaudeville performance) combining singing and dancing
: a long and often familiar statement or explanation that is usually not true or pertinent

Examples of song and dance in a Sentence

instead of simply denying our request, the mayor's representative gave us a song and dance about legal issues and municipal liability
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Word History

First Known Use

1613, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of song and dance was in 1613

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“Song and dance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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