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Earlier houp-la, from French houp-là, oup-là (upsadaisy).



hoopla (plural hooplas)

  1. a bustling to-do, excited speech or noise, usually loud
    • 1985, Bernie Taupin, Martin Page, Dennis Lambert & Peter Wolf (music), “We Built This City”, in Knee Deep in the Hoopla, performed by Starship:
      Say you don't know me, or recognize my face / Say you don't care who goes to that kind of place / Knee deep in the hoopla, sinking in your fight / Too many runaways eating up the night
    • 2014 September 7, Natalie Angier, “The Moon comes around again [print version: Revisiting a moon that still has secrets to reveal: Supermoon revives interest in its violent origins and hidden face, International New York Times, 10 September 2014, p. 8]”, in The New York Times[1]:
      And should the moon happen to hit its ever-shifting orbital perigee at the same time that it lies athwart from the sun, we are treated to a so-called supermoon, a full moon that can seem close enough to embrace – as much as 12 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than the average full moon. [] Some astronomers dislike the whole supermoon hoopla. They point out that the term originated with astrology, not astronomy; that perigee full moons are not all that rare, coming an average of every 13 months; and that their apparently swollen dimensions are often as much a matter of optical illusion and wishful blinking as of relative lunar nearness.
  2. a carnival game in which the player attempts to throw hoops around pegs