One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘she went through all the rigmarole of dressing and making up’
lengthy process, fuss, fuss and bother, bother, commotion, trouble, folderol, ado, pother
informal palaver, song and dance, performance, to-do, carry-on, carrying-on, kerfuffle, hoo-ha, hullabaloo, ballyhoo, business, pantomime, hassle, hoopla
NZ informal bobsy-die
2‘that rigmarole about the house being haunted was just to keep people away’
lengthy explanation, lengthy story, saga, yarn, recitation, burble, burbling, maundering, shaggy-dog story
informal spiel, banging on, palaver
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