Definition of a song and dance in English:

a song and dance

phrase

British
informal
  • 1A fuss or commotion:

    ‘she would be sure to make a song and dance about her aching feet’
    • ‘The fact that he has to make a song and dance about it shows how far policing has moved away from what it should be doing.’
    • ‘Which is another reason why Orman was determined not to make a song and dance about his seizure.’
    • ‘So if there's a chance for a regional city to make a song and dance about their local talent, then let them milk it for all it's worth.’
    • ‘Even some investigating agencies make a song and dance about their findings and jail persons only to be acquitted later.’
    • ‘They don't make a song and dance about it; they just do it.’
    • ‘People who have lived in the Dales for a long time know it's a lovely place and tend not to make a song and dance about it.’
    • ‘Annabelle isn't one to make a song and dance about what she's doing, and she would go off doing all sorts of treks and endurance trails.’
    • ‘But if others are going to make a song and dance about the levels of Scottish support, he is duty bound to respond.’
    • ‘The latest group of entertainers to make a song and dance about their plight are actors, or ‘theatre practitioners’ as they must now be called.’
    • ‘When a British suburbanite sets off with a shotgun to see his ex-wife he doesn't make a song and dance about it.’
    fuss, fuss and bother, bother, commotion, trouble, rigmarole, folderol, ado, pother
    palaver, performance, to-do, carry-on, carrying-on, kerfuffle, hoo-ha, hullabaloo, ballyhoo, business, pantomime, hoopla
    tamasha
    bobsy-die
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    1. 1.1North American A long explanation that is pointless or deliberately evasive.
      • ‘It was a song and dance that he had heard many times before.’
      • ‘With nothing to go on but a song and dance from Kelley, most are loathe to give it more than a 7 or 8 share.’
      • ‘I did what I could, but his attorney did a song and dance you wouldn't believe.’
      • ‘It was a song and dance the two frequently engaged in.’
      • ‘We all deserve answers, not a song and dance about how hard the police work and how they don't get no respect.’
      • ‘Regan didn't make a song and dance about getting drunk all the time.’