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From Lollapalooza, a music festival, from lallapalooza


palooza (plural paloozas)

  1. (neologism) An exaggerated event.
    • 2002, Darin Strauss, The Real McCoy, A Novel, Dutton, ISBN 0525946519, page 97
      It was not a rumor, not merely news item, or talk, or fad. It became a palooza beyond even Johnnie Gold’s desires—a wonderment scattering far and wide out of the spacious mouth of the sky, billowing everywhere and expanding forever.
    • 2003, Mike Olszewski, Radio Daze, Stories from the Front in Cleveland's FM Air Wars, Kent State University Press, ISBN 0873387732, page 434
      True, most of our competition did anything and everything to thwart every concert and promotion we were involved with over the summer months...especially Buzzard-Palooza (which was actually our turning point—when we began to attract our new audience).
    • 2005, John Lithgow, “Boredom Blasters”, “Rainy Day Fun Edition”, Running Press, ISBN 0762422122, page 5
      That’s a palooza, in a nutshell: flexing your creative muscles to make your own fun. So have a go at one or all of these, and don’t say I didn’t warn you—once you get a taste of doing a palooza, you’ll go from wondering what you’re going to do all day to wondering where all the time went!
    • 2008 February 9, Peter Sagal, Wait, Wait...Don’t Tell Me!, National Public Radio
      Now, we’re gonna start you off this week with a special edition of Carl Kasell’s Countdown. We’re calling it “Super Tuesday Palooza”.

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