skimble-skamble stuff

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skimble-skamble stuff (uncountable)

  1. Nonsense, gibberish, mumbo-jumbo.
    • c. 1597, William Shakespeare, King Henry IV, Part 1, act 3, sc. 1:
      Hotspur: . . . sometime he angers me
      With telling me of the mouldwarp and the ant,
      Of the dreamer Merlin and his prophecies,
      And of a dragon and a finless fish,
      A clip-wing'd griffin and a moulten raven,
      A couching lion and a ramping cat,
      And such a deal of skimble-skamble stuff
      As puts me from my faith.
    • 2008, John Mogan, Sacha, Max, and the Animals (page 191)
      He spoke some skimble-skamble stuff and I asked a couple of questions, and then I had to laugh.

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