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 phrase is supposed to be a vaudeville-like introduction to the film’s titular song and dance, delivered by Ma’s young nephew, Sylvester Brown (Dusan Brown). Anne Cohen,, "Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom Shines A Light On The Fierce Woman Behind The Greasepaint," 19 Dec. 2020 Warmed by cups of hot chocolate, friends and fans were indeed treated to a traffic-stopping display of song and dance by the Sing Harlem Choir and New York City Ballet. Zachary Weiss, Vogue, "Dancing in the Street—Ballerinas Performed on Madison Avenue to Celebrate the New LoveShackFancy Store," 7 Dec. 2020 Haim, the Jewish pop band, marked the holiday like never before, from song and dance to a guitar giveaway. Gabe Friedman,, "Heartwarming Jewish stories from 2020," 30 Dec. 2020 The children watched a video about feelings – and how to manage them – before the muppet led them in song and dance. NBC News, "Sesame Street unveils Rohingya Muppets to help kids overcome 'unthinkable horrors'," 17 Dec. 2020 Taped at London’s Troubadour Theatre in lieu of a live broadcast, this attempt at the heartwarming tale makes the Grinch’s hatred of song and dance seem reasonable. Washington Post, "Matthew Morrison’s unsettling ‘Grinch’ is a natural conclusion to 2020," 10 Dec. 2020 Following her opening message, Megan took the stage via a hanging hoop structure before diving into her song and dance. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Megan Thee Stallion Preached a Rousing Message of Body Positivity at the American Music Awards," 23 Nov. 2020 The movie, packed with upbeat song and dance, is a treat for kids of all ages, especially those who love musical theater. Washington Post, "Holiday movies for kids feature compelling stories new and familiar," 18 Nov. 2020 But Malik missed his cue to stop recording, and an unknowing Randall took off his shirt with a little song and dance to get ready for his run, giving rise to a viral video. Dan Snierson,, "This Is Us producer breaks down next clue about Randall's mother, Kate's big revelation," 18 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of song and dance

1613, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 Jan 2021

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“Song and dance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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song and dance


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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