Definition of hoo-ha in English:



  • [in singular] A commotion; a fuss.

    ‘the book was causing such a hoo-ha’
    • ‘One Republican of long standing was amused by the hoo-ha.’
    • ‘In the resulting hoo-ha, Harris was prosecuted and sent to trial for publishing supposedly obscene verse.’
    • ‘With all the hoo-ha about next week's regal festivities, the Diary receives a timely reminder that even monarchs go in and out of fashion.’
    • ‘My grandma is making a hoo-ha over her missing white sari.’
    • ‘I do not sympathise with what she did but can understand why she did it and I understand the hoo-ha surrounding her sentence.’
    • ‘For all the hoo-ha over blogging it's important to put the ‘industry’ into its proper perspective.’
    • ‘At first, I wasn't sure what all the hoo-ha was about, but the more I read, the more I like Seth's work.’
    • ‘Public support depends in part on disguising the reality of war (hence the hypocritical hoo-ha about the ‘parading’ of prisoners) and on calculating the acceptability of death.’
    • ‘It was okay, but didn't seem worthy of the attendant hoo-ha.’
    • ‘There has been a bit of a hoo-ha in recent years about how your blood type influences the type of person you are.’
    • ‘And, after all the hoo-ha, it seems unlikely that the Lebanese actors' visas can be extended.’
    • ‘After all the hoo-ha about it being the ‘most dangerous proposition put to the British people’, and all the forecasts of a blood-curdling English backlash, the shires of Middle England have remained calm.’
    • ‘From millennia before the time of Pontius Pilate, and for centuries after Francis Bacon, cultivated persons have made a great hoo-ha of ‘What Is Truth?’’
    • ‘I now recalled that after all the hoo-ha, Broad Street had been renamed.’
    • ‘Recently, there's been a lot of hoo-ha about whether gay people should be allowed to get married, especially in countries like mine where they actually can now.’
    • ‘Dole's right arm is withered and useless from wounds received in World War Two, and he never made a big hoo-ha about it in the '96 campaign.’
    • ‘Despite all the hoo-ha from skeptical gay organizations and activists, that is progress.’
    • ‘It is unbelievable that one little protest is causing so much hoo-ha and so much scandal.’
    • ‘There's been a lot of hoo-ha about the proposal to make ‘incitement of religious hatred’ illegal.’
    • ‘In fact, the current hoo-ha there is a testament to the ruthless way in which the élite has traditionally withheld the details of EU agreements from the population.’
    disturbance, racket, uproar, tumult, ruckus, clamour, brouhaha, furore, hue and cry, palaver, fuss, stir, to-do, storm, maelstrom, melee
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1930s: of unknown origin.