Definition of razzle-dazzle in English:



  • ‘myth, legend, and razzle-dazzle all rolled into one critic-proof show’
    another term for razzmatazz
    as modifier ‘they light up the court with razzle-dazzle moves and stupendous shots’
    • ‘Once the razzle-dazzle, show-stopping numbers end, there's not much to hold onto.’
    • ‘My game is like his, but with a little razzle-dazzle to it.’
    • ‘Bibby does not have Jason Williams' razzle-dazzle, but he can play within the style of Webber and the Kings, probably better than he ever has.’
    • ‘He put what Stan Isaacs calls razzle-dazzle into his shows and there's no mistaking the fact that Chicago is piled high with it.’
    • ‘California fitness sensation Jenny Lynn shows you how to add razzle-dazzle to your chest routine’
    • ‘Butler and Dunne, both Irish dance champions, showed all the charming razzle-dazzle in the world.’
    • ‘Camilla listened, transfixed by my verbal razzle-dazzle.’
    • ‘Still, her performance is less a revelation than an indicator of how much razzle-dazzle her co-stars lack.’
    • ‘Enron could bilk investors because, despite the razzle-dazzle, nobody outside the company could figure out Enron's game.’
    • ‘So a lot of young people feel that they can overpower the film-making experience with visual razzle-dazzle.’
    • ‘I loved its witty takes on classic California architecture, from Condor Flats to the razzle-dazzle of Hollywood Boulevard.’
    • ‘One would expect, with such a title, a bit more razzle-dazzle.’
    • ‘This band aren't about impressing people with razzle-dazzle or frippery, they're about digging in and staying put until you listen.’
    • ‘Excellence here does not equate with contemporary razzle-dazzle.’
    • ‘Still, I wouldn't like to see it sweep through the Oscars just because Academy voters are blinded by its razzle-dazzle.’
    • ‘That was a very innocent time - you didn't need as much razzle-dazzle to entertain people.’
    • ‘For 24 years, he was the razzle-dazzle of basketball with his patented hook shot and no-look behind-the-back passes as a member of the Harlem Globetrotters.’
    • ‘His was a poetic, charismatic, almost balletic Hickey - until the final, painful scene, all lyricism, laughs, and razzle-dazzle.’
    • ‘The whole thing could use a little more razzle-dazzle; even so, Shaw's metaphysical drollery and acrobatic repartee come unsquelchably through.’
    • ‘A speaker's measure of merit was based on the power of words rather than the razzle-dazzle of his or her electronic slides.’


Late 19th century: reduplication of dazzle.