song and dance

noun
|Updated on: 21 Jul 2018

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

Examples of song and dance in a Sentence

  1. 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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First Known Use of song and dance

1613

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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SONG AND DANCE Defined for English Language Learners

song and dance

Definition of song and dance for English Language Learners

  • : a performance that combines singing and dancing

  • : a long story, explanation, or excuse that may not be true or directly related to what is being discussed



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