rigamarole

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rigamarole (uncountable)

  1. (chiefly US) Alternative form of rigmarole
    • 1899, Stephen Crane, "The Monster":
      Speak out like a man, and don't give me any more of this tiresome rigamarole.
    • 1914, Constance Garnett translating Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment, part II, ch 4:
      A peasant called Dushkin, who keeps a dram-shop facing the house, brought to the police office a jeweller's case containing some gold ear-rings, and told a long rigamarole.
    • 1934, Stanley G. Weinbaum, A Martian Odyssey:
      Then I figured he'd missed my point, and I went through the whole blamed rigamarole again, and it ended the same way, with Tweel on his nose in the middle of my picture!