song and dance

noun

Definition of song and dance

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

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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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The world is out of tune, spirits broken, and the staging by director Rachel Chavkin, Mitchell’s collaborator since 2013, trades song and dance for singing bodies straining in muscular rhythm. Robert Sullivan, Vogue, "Hadestown, Anaïs Mitchell’s Musical Where Work Is Hell, Makes It to the Big Time," 19 Apr. 2019 The couple took things to the next level by hosting an actual song and dance competition for their friends and family during their wedding weekend. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra's Wedding Included an Actual Song and Dance Competition," 2 Dec. 2018 Each family telling our stories through song and dance, filled with lots of laughter and love. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Are Married—Here's Everything We Know About the Wedding," 4 Dec. 2018 Each family telling our stories through song and dance, filled with lots of laughter and love. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything You Need to Know About Priyanka Chopra's Wedding Dresses," 4 Dec. 2018 Each family telling our stories through song and dance, filled with lots of laughter and love. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Are Married—Here's Everything We Know About the Wedding," 4 Dec. 2018 Each family telling our stories through song and dance, filled with lots of laughter and love. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything You Need to Know About Priyanka Chopra's Wedding Dresses," 4 Dec. 2018 Each family telling our stories through song and dance, filled with lots of laughter and love. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Are Married—Here's Everything We Know About the Wedding," 4 Dec. 2018 Each family telling our stories through song and dance, filled with lots of laughter and love. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything You Need to Know About Priyanka Chopra's Wedding Dresses," 4 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of song and dance

1613, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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song and dance

noun

English Language Learners Definition of song and dance

: a performance that combines singing and dancing
US, informal + disapproving : a long story, explanation, or excuse that may not be true or directly related to what is being discussed

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