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1: blatant or sensational promotion [syn: ballyhoo, hoopla, hype, plug] v 1: advertize noisily or blatantly
noun ( plural -hoos) Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1901 1. a noisy attention-getting demonstration or talk flamboyant, exaggerated, or sensational promotion or publicity 2. excited commotion • 3. ballyhoo transitive verb n. 1 a loud noise or fuss; a confused state or commotion. 2 extravagant or sensational publicity.
Etymology: 19th or 20th c., orig. US (in sense 2): orig. unkn.
(ballyhooing, ballyhooed) 1. You can use ballyhoo to refer to great excitement or anger about something, especially when you disapprove of it because you think it is unnecessary or exaggerated. They announced, amid much ballyhoo, that they had made a breakthrough. to-do = N-UNCOUNT: also a N [ disapproval] 2. If you say that something is ballyhooed, you mean that there is a lot of excitement about it and people are claiming that it is very good. You use this word especially when you think the thing is not as exciting or good as people say. The power of red wine to counteract high cholesterol has been ballyhooed in the press. ...the much-ballyhooed new Star Wars movie. VERB: usu passive, be V-ed, V-ed [ disapproval] PR, advertise, aggrandize, aggrandizement, amplification, amplify, bark, big talk, bill, blowing up, blurb, boost, bright light, build up, bulletin, burlesque, caricature, carry too far, celebrity, circularize, common knowledge, cry, cry up, currency, daylight, dilatation, dilation, draw the longbow, eclat, enhancement, enlargement, establish, exaggerate, exaggerating, exaggeration, excess, exorbitance, expansion, exposure, extravagance, extreme, fame, famousness, give a write-up, give publicity, glare, go to extremes, grandiloquence, heightening, herald, hoopla, huckstering, hue and cry, hyperbole, hyperbolism, hyperbolize, inflation, inordinacy, lay it on, limelight, magnification, magnify, make much of, maximum dissemination, notoriety, overcharge, overdo, overdraw, overemphasis, overestimate, overestimation, overkill, overpraise, overreach, overreact, oversell, overspeak, overstate, overstatement, overstress, patter, pile it on, pitch, placard, plug, post, post bills, post up, press notice, press-agent, prodigality, profuseness, promote, public eye, public knowledge, public relations, public report, publicity, publicity story, publicize, publicness, puff, puffery, puffing up, reclame, report, sales pitch, sales talk, sell, sensationalism, spiel, spotlight, stretch, stretch the truth, stretching, superlative, talk big, talk in superlatives, tall talk, tout, touting, travesty, trumpet, write up, write-up
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