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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˌhʌləbəˈluː/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˌhʌləbəˈlu/, /ˈhʌləbəˌlu/
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- Hyphenation: hul‧la‧ba‧loo
hullabaloo (plural hullabaloos)
- A clamour, a commotion; a fuss or uproar. [from 17th c.]
- Synonyms: ado, hype, to-do; see also Thesaurus:commotion
- They made such a hullabaloo about the change that the authorities were forced to change it back.
- 1899 March, Joseph Conrad, “The Heart of Darkness”, in Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, volume CLXV, number MI, New York, N.Y.: The Leonard Scott Publishing Company, […], OCLC 1042815524, part II:
- Certainly they had brought with them some rotten hippo–meat, which couldn’t have lasted very long, anyway, even if the pilgrims hadn’t, in the midst of a shocking hullabaloo, thrown a considerable quantity of it overboard.
- 1967, Barbara Sleigh, Jessamy, Sevenoaks, Kent: Bloomsbury, published 1993, →ISBN, page 32:
- 'Sarah, could you bring me the calendar from the wall over there? Does it say the right date?' 'Two days behind – and small wonder no one tore it off with all the hullaballoo going on. Ever so pretty, isn't it?' said Sarah as she handed the calendar to Jessamy.
clamour, commotion, fuss or uproar
- (intransitive) To make a commotion or uproar.
- 1844, George Carter Needham, Street Arabs and Gutter Snipes: The Pathetic and Humorous Side of Young Vagabond Life in the Great Cities, with Records of Work for Their Reclamation, D. L. Guernsey:
- They roared, they danced, they hullaballoed, they pinched one another; they behaved like young savages – but I knew I had got them safe.
- 1867, Cometh Up as a Flower: An Autobiography, volume I, London: Richard Bentley, […], pages 53–54:
- "Nonsense, child," said my father, smiling. "Did you ever see a stone thrown into the pond? there's a great splash, and a few circles on the water, and that's about all, isn't it? Well, when I die there'll be a great splash of tears and hullaballooing, and a few circles of tender recollections, and then the surface will smooth itself over, and it'll be all right again."
- 2013 January 8, Rory Carroll, “CES 2013: TV companies hope size and sharpness are the future”, in The Guardian:
- In addition to size, manufacturers hope to attract buyers with added gadgetry despite disappointing sales of 3D televisions, an innovation hullaballooed at CES last year only to flop in stores.
to make a commotion or uproar