song and dance


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
Recent Examples on the Web The two types of gameplay are like different genres of music, and developers say the minigames allow players to continue to play in their virtual worlds without getting bored of the same song and dance. Washington Post, 21 Apr. 2022 Our heroes, played by Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis, die almost instantly in this Tim Burton bizarro film that features posession, monsters, demons, and song and dance numbers. Evan Romano, Men's Health, 9 Mar. 2022 The series about a young woman who can hear other people’s inner thoughts – which are expressed in song and dance numbers – may have been canceled, but fans are getting this holiday movie as a special treat. oregonlive, 28 Nov. 2021 The actor, 30, stars in Paradise Square, a Civil War-era musical opening Sunday at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre that brings together the Black and Irish American communities through song and dance. Michael Gioia,, 1 Apr. 2022 In this parody of 1940s musicals, Cecily Strong and Keegan-Michael Key star as backpackers stranded in a neighborhood where people frequently communicate through song and dance. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 1 Mar. 2022 The meaning of the song and dance has two versions, Leavitt said. Alena Naiden, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Jan. 2022 This summer and fall, a slew of new releases promises to use song and dance to transport us somewhere else—far away from this world of social distancing and face masks and political polarization. Nadine Zylberberg, Harper's BAZAAR, 6 Aug. 2021 Better yet, the best way to be fully absorbed in Krishna was through song and dance. Ashley Stimpson, Longreads, 19 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of song and dance

1613, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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26 Apr 2022

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“Song and dance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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