all singing, all dancing

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the advertising posters used to promote the 1929 film The Broadway Melody – Hollywood’s first all-talking musical (as opposed to partially talking, partially silent) – which proclaimed the film to be “All Talking All Singing All Dancing” – see film poster.[1] In full, the poster reads:

METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER’S
ALL TALKING ALL SINGING ALL DANCING
PICTURE
THE BROADWAY MELODY

Adjective[edit]

all singing, all dancing (not comparable)

  1. Having many features, options or extras; sometimes used ironically to imply that the added features are just gimmicks.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ All singing, all dancing”, in Gary Martin, The Phrase Finder, 1997–.