razzle-dazzle
noun Etymology: reduplication of dazzle Date: 1889 1. a state of confusion or hilarity 2. a complex maneuver (as in sports) designed to confuse an opponent 3. a confusing or colorful often gaudy action or display • razzle-dazzle adjective

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  • razzle-dazzle — 1886, American English slang, varied reduplication of DAZZLE (Cf. dazzle) (q.v.). My confrère, The Chevalier, last month gave a new name to the scarfs of disjointed pattern when he called them the razzle dazzle. The name was evidently a hit of… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Razzle Dazzle — (sometimes spelled Rzl Dzl ) was the title of a Canadian children s program produced by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation between 1961 and 1966.The series was initially co hosted by Alan Hamel and Michelle Finney who were later replaced by… …   Wikipedia

  • razzle-dazzle — ☆ razzle dazzle [raz΄əl daz′əl ] n. [redupl. of DAZZLE] Slang a flashy display intended to confuse, bewilder, or deceive …   English World dictionary

  • razzle-dazzle — UK / US [ˈræz(ə)l ˌdæz(ə)l] or razzmatazz UK [ˈræzmətæz] / US [ˈræzməˌtæz] noun [uncountable] informal a lot of lively and noisy activity that is intended to be impressive and exciting …   English dictionary

  • razzle-dazzle — /raz euhl daz euhl/, n. Informal. 1. showiness, brilliance, or virtuosity in technique or effect, often without concomitant substance or worth; flashy theatricality: The razzle dazzle of the essay s metaphors cannot disguise its shallowness of… …   Universalium

  • razzle-dazzle — 1. activity that is intended to attract people s attention by being noisy or exciting. Amid all the razzle dazzle of the party convention, it is easy to forget about the real political issues. 2. razzle dazzle activity that is intended to attract …   New idioms dictionary

  • razzle-dazzle — {n.}, {slang} Fancy display; showing off. * /He is such a good player that he doesn t have to add razzle dazzle to his game./ * /Do we need all this razzle dazzle to advertise our fair?/ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • razzle-dazzle — {n.}, {slang} Fancy display; showing off. * /He is such a good player that he doesn t have to add razzle dazzle to his game./ * /Do we need all this razzle dazzle to advertise our fair?/ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • razzle-dazzle — raz|zle daz|zle [ ræzl ,dæzl ] or razz|ma|tazz [ ræzmə,tæz ] noun uncount INFORMAL 1. ) AMERICAN a complicated series of actions that someone does in order to trick their opponent, especially in football: a razzle dazzle kick off return 2. ) a… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • razzle-dazzle — noun slang Fancy display; showing off. He is such a good player that he doesn t have to add razzle dazzle to his game. Do we need all this razzle dazzle to advertise our fair? …   Словарь американских идиом

  • razzle-dazzle — [[t]ræ̱z(ə)l dæ̱z(ə)l[/t]] N UNCOUNT: oft N n Razzle dazzle is the same as razzmatazz. ...a razzle dazzle marketing man …   English dictionary

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