- From Japanese 歌舞伎 (かぶき, kabuki). (Wiktionary)
“Vogel deserves a medal for writing two pages on this without one use of the word "kabuki.”
“I agree with the theories that it would make a lot of sense if this was all kabuki from the start.”
“Of course not, well maybe to the point of engaging in kabuki theater to convince the gullible Democrats that Alito and Roberts were just umpires and not activists from the bench …”
“I mean this looks like -- I use the expression kabuki dance, to talk about rather well-orchestrated nonsense, but is this just another kabuki dance brought to you courtesy of the Bush administration?”
“In American politics this protest is the type of thing that is sometimes called a kabuki dance, a show of passion and interest that everyone knows is staged and that nobody, even those claiming to be outraged, takes seriously.”
“I guess in kabuki there’s often an inaka girl and a machi, or city, girl.”
“Since the word kabuki is believed to derive from the verb kabuku, meaning "to lean" or "to be out of the ordinary", kabuki can be interpreted as "avant-garde" or "bizarre" theatre. [”
“The confirmation process has been called a kabuki dance as opposed to being a real look at the nominee," said Kinports, who clerked on the Supreme Court.”
“We spent most of our days — and nights — performing a kind of kabuki, pretending to do work for bosses who must have known that they had no work for us to do.”
“Outside the Senate chamber, Mr. Steinberg shook his head when asked about Schwarzenegger's "kabuki" comment.”
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