song and dance

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Noun[edit]

song and dance

  1. A display of unnecessary excitement or activity.
  2. An excessively elaborate story or excuse used to justify something.
    • 2011 Dec. 2, Ariel Kaminer, "The Ethicist: Caveat Vendor," New York Times (retrieved 6 April 2015)
      You could pick up the phone, call your vendors and give them a big song and dance about all the great things happening in your company.
  3. An excessively complex set of instructions.