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Definition of "razzle-dazzle" [razzle-dazzle]

  • Informal Dazzling excitement. (noun)
  • Informal Elaborate action or maneuvers designed to deceive an opponent, as in a sports contest. (noun)
  • Informal Extravagant or showy display, as of technique: a lecture that was more razzle-dazzle than substance. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "razzle-dazzle" in a sentence
  • "A fraudulent sense of earnestness and of Modernist discovery permeates these confused, formless pictures, in which fake "pentimenti" and searching "expressive" flourishes are applied razzle-dazzle to Norman Rockwell-style portraits."
  • "Baby blue Lycra covered in white fishnet, paint, and Swarovski crystals, the result was totally razzle-dazzle, much more Russian, and much more me."
  • "Embraer's lack of razzle-dazzle seems to have turned off investors."
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